Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Oklahoma City Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
February 11, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Oklahoma
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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.[1]

About the district

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the county seat as well as the capital of Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is home to 599,199 residents according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-11 school year.[3]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Oklahoma City (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 62.7 72.2
Black or African American 15.1 7.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 3.5 8.6
Asian 4.0 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 5.9
Hispanic or Latino 17.2 8.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 180,350 44.3
Democratic 168,098 41.3
Independent 58,358 14.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]




  • Ruth Veales Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Administrative assistant, City of Spencer Police Department

Election results

Oklahoma City Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, February 11, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Millican Incumbent 72.9% 223
     Nonpartisan Wilfredo Santos-Rivera 27.1% 83
Total Votes 306
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.

Campaign finance

As of January 15, 2014, no candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[8]

Past elections

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.[1]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Oklahoma City Public Schools election in 2014:[7][9]

Deadline Event
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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