Palmdale School District elections (2013)

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2013 Palmdale 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
Palmdale School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Palmdale School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Nancy K. Smith, Juan Carrillo and Joyce Ricks defeated eight candidates for three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Palmdale School District, California
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Palmdale School District is located in northern of Los Angeles County, California in Palmdale, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 152,750 residents.[1]

Demographics

Palmdale underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, 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. The median household income in Palmdale was $55,213 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 15.4% of Palmdale 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 Palmdale was 18.3% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 74.1% of Palmdale residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Palmdale (%) California (%)
White 49.0 57.6
Black or African American 14.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 4.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 5.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 54.4 37.6

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

Palmdale Unified School District School Board consists of five 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 two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, candidates Nancy K. Smith, Juan Carrillo, and Joyce Ricks defeated eight other candidates and were elected to the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees.

Palmdale School District Board of Trustees, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy K. Smith 16.7% 2,965
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJuan Carrillo 16.4% 2,900
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Ricks 16.1% 2,855
     Nonpartisan Sandy Corrales Incumbent 13.3% 2,348
     Nonpartisan Carol A. Stanford Incumbent 10.1% 1,796
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey E. Ferrin Incumbent 8.9% 1,579
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey D. Moffatt 5.5% 979
     Nonpartisan Don F. Wilson 4.3% 766
     Nonpartisan David Markov 3.7% 651
     Nonpartisan Michelle D. Whitaker 3.2% 563
     Nonpartisan Stacy Fournier 1.7% 306
Total Votes 17,708
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

No endorsements have been made in the Palmdale School District elections as of yet.

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees were up for election. Candidates Maria G. Molina and Robert "Bo" Bynum defeated three challengers.

Palmdale School District Board of Trustees, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria G. Molina 27.5% 2,567
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bo" Bynum 24.3% 2,276
     Nonpartisan Warren W. Gatling 18.9% 1,769
     Nonpartisan Marcanthony Sanchez 16.3% 1,523
     Nonpartisan Charles Mike McElfresh 13% 1,216
Total Votes 9,351
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Palmdale School District Voter Information" accessed October 9, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Sandy Corrales, Jeffrey E. Ferrin and Carol A. Stanford filed seeking re-election.

Issues

Pay cuts and furloughs

On July 19, 2013, the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees approved salary cuts of 3.4 percent for the 2013-14 school year and an additional 8.4 percent during the 2014-15 school year. The district has also approved eight furlough days for each of those school years. This agreement also stipulates that 950 members of the Palmdale Elementary Teachers Association will have their benefits capped at $15,500 annually. Superintendent Roger Gallizzi has said the cuts come as a result of state budget cuts and declining student enrollment. PETA President Hugo Estrada has said if the cuts are not rescinded when the state funding is announced the members of the Association may hold a strike authorization vote.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Palmdale School District election in 2013:[7]

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.[8]

See also

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