Okaloosa County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Okaloosa County School District Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Okaloosa County School District
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Three seats on the Okaloosa County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Cindy Frakes was running for re-election in District 1 against Lamar White. District 3 incumbent Rodney Walker faced challengers Joseph Slusser and Christoffer Hyden. The District 5 race included incumbent Melissa Thrush and challenger David E. Scholl.

Challenger Lamar White defeated incumbent Cindy Frakes to win the District 1 seat. District 5 incumbent Melissa Thrush won re-election, defeating challenger David E. Scholl. No candidate received more than 50 percent of the votes in the District 3 election, so incumbent Rodney Walker and challenger Joseph Slusser, the top two vote-getters, advanced to the runoff election.[1] Walker narrowly defeated Slusser in that race.

About the district

See also: Okaloosa County School District, Florida
Okaloosa County School District is located in Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County School District is based in Fort Walton Beach, a city in Okaloosa County, Florida. Okaloosa County is home to 193,811 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Okaloosa County School District is the 25th-largest school district in Florida, serving 29,385 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Okaloosa County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.2 percent of Okaloosa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Okaloosa County was $54,118 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Okaloosa County was 12.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Okaloosa County (%) Florida (%)
White 82.3 78.3
Black or African American 9.8 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 3.1 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.8 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.1 23.2

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 71,000
Other 25,875
Democratic 24,691
Total 121,566

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Okaloosa County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014, if no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election ran from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014.[6]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

District 3: Runoff
Okaloosa County School District, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Walker Incumbent 50.1% 26,842
     Nonpartisan Joseph Slusser 49.9% 26,750
Total Votes 53,592
Source: Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections, "Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 1: General
Okaloosa County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLamar White 50.4% 12,194
     Nonpartisan Cindy Frakes Incumbent 49.6% 12,008
Total Votes 24,202
Source: Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," August 28, 2014
District 3: General
Okaloosa County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Walker Incumbent 46.8% 10,860
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Slusser 32.6% 7,559
     Nonpartisan Christoffer Hyden 20.6% 4,771
Total Votes 23,190
Source: Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," August 28, 2014
District 5: General
Okaloosa County School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Thrush Incumbent 53.6% 12,970
     Nonpartisan David E. Scholl 46.4% 11,233
Total Votes 24,203
Source: Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," August 28, 2014

Endorsements

District 3 candidate Christoffer Hyden received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $198,228.06 and spent a total of $141,415.99 during the election, according to the Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[8]

District 1

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $75,771.05 and spent a total of $68,724.12.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Lamar White $31,376.63 $27,365.65 $4,010.98
Cindy Frakes $44,394.42 $41,358.47 $3,035.95
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $27,388 and spent a total of $21,920.78.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Rodney Walker $20,598.00 $16,436.68 $4,161.32
Joseph Slusser $4,710.00 $3,692.48 $1,017.52
Christoffer Hyden $2,080.00 $1,791.62 $288.38
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $95,069.01 and spent a total of $50,771.09.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
David E. Scholl $50,247.32 $50,051.49 $195.83
Melissa Thrush $44,821.69 $719.60 $44,102.09

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Okaloosa County voted on races for the county commission and circuit court clerk seats. The November 4, 2014, ballot included competitive races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.[9]

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