Mike Welsh

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Mike Welsh
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Board Member, Allentown City School District
Member
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Appointed byNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDeSales University
Personal
ProfessionInsurance agent

Mike Welsh is a member of Allentown City school board. He was first elected to the board on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Welsh is an insurance agent at AC Thompson Insurance and Financial Services Co in Allentown.[1]. While this is his first school board race, he ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2008 and for Lehigh County Commissioner in 2009 and 2011. Welsh graduated with a degree in Business Management from DeSales University in 1985. He previous worked as a paralegal for the Parkland School District and as a business manager at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.[1] He has also served as board president of the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum and Allentown Flag Day Association. Welsh is a registered Republican.[2]

Elections

See also: Allentown City School District elections (2013)

2013

Opposition

Welsh sought election for a seat on the Allentown City School Board. He ran against Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop, David Zimmerman , and Kenneth Woolley Jr. 2013 for the election on November 5, 2013.[3] The field was narrowed from six candidates to five candidates in a primary held on May 21, 2013.

Results

Election results

Allentown City School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 22.8% 6,184
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 22.4% 6,092
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 22.5% 6,111
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop Incumbent 19.1% 5,189
     Democrat Kenneth Woolley Jr. 13.3% 3,601
Total Votes 27,177
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Allentown City School District," accessed December 12, 2013


Allentown City School Board of Directors Democratic Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Bishop Incumbent 20.3% 1,774
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 20.1% 1,752
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 15.5% 1,350
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 15.1% 1,317
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth R. Woolley Jr. 15% 1,308
     Democrat Steve Ramos 14.1% 1,233
Total Votes 8,734
Source: Municipal Primary-May 2013 from the Lehigh County Election Results released May 21, 2013



Allentown City School Board of Directors Republican Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Welsh 22.6% 1,017
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Zimmerman Incumbent 22.5% 1,012
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Lamb Incumbent 20.8% 934
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth R. Woolley Jr. 20.2% 909
     Republican Steve Ramos 13.8% 621
Total Votes 4,493
Source: Municipal Primary-May 2013 from the Lehigh County Election Results released May 21, 2013


Funding

Welsh reported no contributions or expenditures to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Department.[4]

Campaign themes

According to an article written in The Morning Call, Welsh focused his campaign on bringing stakeholders in the district together to give the best education possible to students in the Allentown area.[3]

What was at stake?

Four seats, including Vice President Debra Lamb's, were at stake in this election. Debra Lamb, Ellen Bishop and David Zimmerman were seeking re-election while Andrew Weiss did not run for another term. The three incumbents faced new-comers Mike Welsh and Kenneth Woolley Jr. for the four open seats. The board will continue to deal with the district's budget deficit as well as poor performance on state and federal assessment programs.[3]

About the District

See also: Allentown City School District, Pennsylvania
Allentown City School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Allentown is 118,974 according to the 2010 Census[5]

Demographics

Allentown underperforms in educational achievement and median household income compared to the rest of the state. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Sioux City (%) Iowa (%)
White 58.5 81.9
Black or African American 12.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .8 0.2
Asian 2.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.8 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 53 45
2008 57 42
2004 51 48
2000 50 46


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