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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 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
External links
References
See also
California
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Four seats on the School Board for Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District were up for district wide elections to be held on November 5, 2013. Margarita L. Rios, Darryl Rodney Adams, Sean M. Reagan and Ana Valencia defeated Salvador Limon, Ed Hengler and Mark Owen White for four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, California
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Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is located in southcentral Los Angeles County, California in Norwalk, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 105,549 residents.[1]

Demographics

Norwalk underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. Norwalk outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Norwalk was $60,090 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 15.1% of Norwalk residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Norwalk was 11.1% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 71.8% of Norwalk residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Norwalk (%) California (%)
White 49.4 57.6
Black or African American 4.4 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.0
Asian 12.0 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 4.1 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 70.1 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Method of board member selection

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[6]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, four seats were up for election on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education. Candidates Margarita L. Rios, Darryl Rodney Adams, Sean M. Reagan and Ana M. Valencia defeated three challenging candidates for four positions on the NLMUSD Board of Education.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargarita L. Rios 18.8% 2,541
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDarryl Rodney Adams 17.3% 2,333
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSean M. Reagan 15.5% 2,089
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAna M. Valencia 14.5% 1,961
     Nonpartisan Salvador Limon 13% 1,752
     Nonpartisan Ed Hengler 12.4% 1,677
     Nonpartisan Mark Owen White 8.6% 1,156
Total Votes 13,509
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Ed Hengler has received official endorsements from the California School Employees Association and current board members Jesse Urquidi, Karen Morrison and Darryl Adams. Sean M. Reagan has received official endorsements from the Teachers Association of Norwalk-La Mirada, California assemblyman Tony Mendoza, and city council member Rudy Bermudez. Ana M. Valencia has received official endorsements from Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Norwalk Mayor Luigi Vernola and NLMUSD Board members Hengler, Adams, Rios, Morrison and Urquidi.[7]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, three seats on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Karen Morrison, Jesus G. Urquidi and Chris Pflanzer defeated one challenger.

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Morrison 29.9% 2,997
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJesus G. Urquidi 25.6% 2,565
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Pflanzer 24.2% 2,425
     Nonpartisan Diane Marie Gramajo 20.3% 2,033
Total Votes 10,020
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 8, 2013

What was at stake?

Four at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board members Darryl Rodney Adams, Ed Hengler, Margarita L. Rios and Ana Valencia filed seeking re-election against three challenging candidates, Salvador Limon, Sean M. Reagan and Mark Owen White.

Declining enrollment

Since the 2003-04 school year the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School Districts has seen enrollment decrease by nearly $4,000 students. This has resulted in a budget decrease of about $2 million dollars every year over this period. The declining enrollment has led to the school board discussing the closure of Dulles Elementary, which is operating at about half it's capacity with an enrollment of 268 students. On January 24, 2013 it was decided that Dulles Elementary would be granted a three year extension, allowing it to stay in operation through the 2015-16 school year.[8][9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District election in 2013:[10]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[11]

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