North Penn School District elections (2013)

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2013 North Penn School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
Contact information
External links
References
See also
Pennsylvania
North Penn School District
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
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Four seats on the North Penn School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013.

Josie Charnock, Timothy S. Kerr, Vincent Sherpinsky and Frank O'Donnell defeated Alex Ryabin, Paul Edelman, Jr., Tina Stoll and Murali Balaji for the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: North Penn School District, Pennsylvania
North Penn School District services areas in Montgomery County
North Penn School District serves the municipalities of North Wales Borough, Lansdale Borough, Hatfield Borough, Upper Gwynedd Township, Towamencin Township, Montgomery Township and Hatfield Township in Montgomery County. Montgomery County is home to 808,460 residents.[1]

Demographics

The county outperformed the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.9%) was higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher was also higher in Montgomery County (44.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Montgomery County was $78,446 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Montgomery County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 81.9 83.5
Black or African American 9.1 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 6.9 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.6 42.3
2008 60.0 39.0
2004 55.6 44.0
2000 53.4 43.8


Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The North Penn School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The primary election for the North Penn School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

General election
North Penn School District General Election, At-large, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosie Charnock 13.5% 7,913
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy S. Kerr Incumbent 13.4% 7,895
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank O'Donnell Incumbent 13.1% 7,665
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sherpinsky Incumbent 13% 7,626
     Democrat Tina Stoll 12.3% 7,236
     Democrat Paul Edelman, Jr. 12% 7,052
     Democrat Alex Ryabin 11.5% 6,782
     Democrat Murali Balaji 11.1% 6,539
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0% 16
Total Votes 58,724
Source: Montgomery County 2013 General Election Results," accessed December 13, 2013
Primary election
North Penn School District Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngTina Stoll 22.6% 1,950
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Edelman, Jr. 20.5% 1,764
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Ryabin 18.3% 1,581
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMurali Balaji 18.1% 1,560
     Democrat Frank O'Donnell 5.8% 499
     Democrat Vincent Sherpinsky 4.8% 414
     Democrat Timothy S. Kerr 4.9% 426
     Democrat Josie Charnock 5% 430
Total Votes 8,624
Source: "The Knight Crier," "School Board Primary Election Results," accessed September 19, 2013


North Penn School District Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy S. Kerr 20.1% 2,239
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank O'Donnell 18.4% 2,049
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sherpinsky 18.3% 2,036
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosie Charnock 17.7% 1,968
     Republican Tina Stoll 9.2% 1,025
     Republican Paul Edelman, Jr. 6.9% 774
     Republican Alex Ryabin 4.8% 536
     Republican Murali Balaji 4.7% 521
Total Votes 11,148
Source: "The Knight Crier," "School Board Primary Election Results," accessed September 19, 2013


Endorsements

Murali Balaji, Paul Edelman, Jr., Alex Ryabin, and Tina Stoll were all Next S.T.E.P. candidates in the November 5 election. Next S.T.E.P. is an organization determined to put forward progressive candidates in the North Penn School District.[5] These candidates were endorsed by the Hatfield Democratic Party and Lansdale Democrats.[6][7] The Lansdale Republican Club endorsed Josie Charnock, Timothy S. Kerr, Vincent Sherpinsky, and Frank O'Donnell.[8]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Montgomery County Voter Services department.[9]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Four seats on the North Penn school board were at stake, including president Vincent Sherpinsky's seat and vice president Timothy Kerr's seat. Incumbents Timothy S. Kerr, Vincent Sherpinsky, and Frank O'Donnell ran for re-election.

Issues

Charter schools

The new school board will likely have to deal with the on-going charter school debate in the district. In February of 2013, the school board unanimously voted to deny approval of three applications to establish charter schools in the district. The board believed the applicants did not meet the requirements set forth by the state.[10] The applicants appealed the board's decision by submitting a petition with more than 1,000 signatures of North Penn-area residents who support the idea of their charter school to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas. In a hearing on June 18, Judge Thomas DelRicci ruled that the paperwork for the appeal was insufficient. According to Jack Dooley, attorney for the North Penn School District, the paperwork was insufficient because it did not contain the names of those who were proposing to operate the school and did not contain the location of the school. A second hearing before a county court judge is expected to be scheduled.[11]

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the North Penn School Board election:[12]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of North Penn School District had statewide, countywide and local items on the ballot. They voted for a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. Additionally, they voted for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Jury Commissioner and various Magisterial District Judges. There was also mayoral, council, auditor, finance council, supervisor, township commissioner and tax collector races in various townships and boroughs.[13]

See also

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