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Orange County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Orange County Public Schools 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
Florida
Orange County Public Schools
Orange County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Four seats on the Orange County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines 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 will advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbents Joie Cadle and Daryl Flynn each faced a single challenger in their re-election bids for Districts 1 and 2, respectively. Both won re-election, defeating candidates Joshua A. Katz and Phil Stump, respectively. Chadwick Hardee, Regina Hellinger, Linda Kobert and Julio Rocha were running to replace District 3 member Rick Roach, who did not file for re-election. None of them received 50 percent of the votes in the general election, so Linda Kobert and Regina Hellinger, the top two vote-getters, will advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Board chair Bill Sublette did not face a challenger on August 26, but Gene Vernon Hair qualified as a write-in candidate for the November 4, 2014, election.

About the district

See also: Orange County Public Schools, Florida
Orange County Public Schools is located in Orange County, Florida
Orange County Public Schools is based in Orlando, the county seat of Orange County, Florida. Orange County is home to 1,225,267 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] During the 2011-2012 school year, Orange County Public Schools was the fourth-largest school district in Florida and served 180,000 students.[3]

Demographics

Orange County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.7 percent of Orange 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 Orange County was $48,429 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Orange County was 16.3 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Orange County (%) Florida (%)
White 69.8 78.3
Black or African American 21.8 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 5.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 28.2 23.2

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 300,282
Republican 204,164
Unaffiliated 164,454
Other 43,597
Total 712,497

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

The Orange County School Board consists of eight members elected to four-year terms. Seven members are elected to specific geographic districts and the eighth member serves the entire county as board chair. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014, if no candidate receives 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 runs 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, and the runoff election deadline is October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Orange County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoie Cadle Incumbent 50.3% 7,344
     Nonpartisan Joshua A. Katz 49.7% 7,252
Total Votes 14,596
Source: Orange County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Orange County School District, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDaryl Flynn Incumbent 63.6% 8,797
     Nonpartisan Phil Stump 36.4% 5,034
Total Votes 13,831
Source: Orange County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Orange County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Kobert 44% 6,136
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRegina Hellinger 26.4% 3,679
     Nonpartisan Chadwick Hardee 17.3% 2,411
     Nonpartisan Julio Rocha 12.3% 1,722
Total Votes 13,948
Source: Orange County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

The Orange Classroom Teachers Association endorsed Joshua A. Katz and Linda Kobert in this election.[6][7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $154,677.91 and spent a total of $60,687.37 by July 25, 2014, according to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections.[8]

In the board chair race, candidates raised a total of $22,450 and spent a total of $5,067.89.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Bill Sublette $22,450.00 $5,067.89
Gene Vernon Hair $0.00 $0.00

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $28,925 and spent a total of $12,508.39.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Joie Cadle $17,764.00 $7,325.57
Joshua A. Katz $11,161.00 $5,182.82

In the District 2 race, candidates raised a total of $42,284 and spent a total of $9,600.31.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Daryl Flynn $36,509.00 $5,662.27
Phil Stump $5,775.00 $3,938.04

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $61,018.91 and spent a total of $33,510.78.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Chadwick Hardee $8,345.73 $6,144.29
Regina Hellinger $11,058.00 $10,359.03
Linda Kobert $29,529.18 $11,948.89
Julio Rocha $12,086.00 $5,058.57

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[10]

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
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Orange County will vote on races for the county commission and county mayor seats. Voters will also decide on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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