Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma ballot measures
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Two seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education were up for general election on February 11, 2014. Incumbent Ruth Veales won re-election without opposition in District 5 while incumbent Ron Millican defeated challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera for the District 7 seat. The district is dealing with declining academic performance based on state test scores published in November 2013.
About the district
- See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.0% of Oklahoma City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Oklahoma City was $45,704 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma City was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
The Board of Education consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. Seven members are elected by geographic electoral districts while the chair is an at-large seat. There was no primary election and the general election was held on February 11, 2014. There is at least one seat up for election each February with District 6 up in 2015, Districts 3 and 4 up in 2016 and Districts 1 and 2 along with the chair up in 2017.
Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 2, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was December 4, 2013 and the deadline to contest a candidacy was December 6, 2013.
- Ruth Veales
- Administrative assistant, City of Spencer Police Department
|Oklahoma City Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, February 11, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Ron Millican Incumbent||72.9%||223|
|Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Annual School Election," accessed February 11, 2014|
Note: Ruth Veales won the District 5 seat by default as she was the only candidate to file for election.
No candidate received an endorsement in this election.
As of January 15, 2014, no candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
What was at stake?
Two seats on the board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 5 incumbent Ruth Veales won re-election without opposition. Incumbent Ron Millican won re-election in District 7 against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera.
Issues in the district
Removal of school administrators
On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.
|December 2, 2013||First day to file affidavits of candidacy|
|December 4, 2013||Last day to file affidavits of candidacy|
|December 6, 2013||Last day to contest a candidacy|
|February 1, 2014||Last day to file first campaign finance report|
|February 11, 2014||Election day|
|March 23, 2014||Last day to file second campaign finance report|
|April 1, 2014||Runoff election (if necessary)|
|August 21, 2014||Last day to file final campaign finance report|
Additional elections on the ballot
No other elections appeared on the local ballot.
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- Tim Willert, The Oklahoman, "Some Oklahoma City school administrators face termination, superintendent says," January 13, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma City, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- Oklahoma County Election Board, "Election Dates," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "2014 Instructions for Filing for Annual School Elections," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 15, 2014
- Oklahoma, "Generic Calendar for Filing Campaign Contributions and Expenditure Reports(C-1's)," accessed January 15, 2014
|2014 Oklahoma City Public Schools Elections|
|Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Election date:||February 11, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 5: • Ruth Veales|
District 7: • Ron Millican • Wilfredo Santos-Rivera
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|