Pennsbury School District elections (2013)

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2013 Pennsbury 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
Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District
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Four seats on the Pennsbury School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013.

Debra Wachspress and Joshua L. Waldorf defeated Simon Campbell and Susan Simon for the two Region 1 seats, while Alison Smith and Debra E. DeBlasio won the Region 3 seats by overcoming Casey Lawrence and Skip Tenney.

About the district

Pennsbury School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District serves Falls Township, Lower Makefield Township and Yardley, as well as portions of Morrisville, Newtown and Tullytown in Bucks County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 627,053.[1]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.4%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Bucks County (34.7%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County is $76,019 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 90.1 83.5
Black or African American 3.9 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.6 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 46.3

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Pennsbury School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The primary election for the Pennsbury School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

General election
Pennsbury School District, Region 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Wachspress 26.6% 3,154
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua L. Waldorf 25.4% 3,009
     Republican Simon Campbell Incumbent 24.5% 2,904
     Republican Susan Simon 23.5% 2,781
Total Votes 11,848
Source: Bucks County Election Results, "School District - Pennsbury School District SD," accessed December 24, 2013


Pennsbury School District, Region 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAlison Smith 27.3% 2,530
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra DeBlasio 25.2% 2,337
     Republican Casey Lawrence 24.5% 2,275
     Republican Skip Tenney 23.1% 2,142
Total Votes 9,284
Source: Bucks County Election Results, "School District - Pennsbury School District SD," accessed December 24, 2013
Primary election
Pennsbury School District Region 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSimon Campbell 29.9% 808
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Simon 28.5% 769
     Republican Joshua L. Waldorf 20.5% 554
     Republican Debra Wachpress 21.1% 569
Total Votes 2,700
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


Pennsbury School District Region 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua L. Waldorf 44.3% 1,060
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Wachpress 42% 1,005
     Democrat Simon Campbell 7.9% 188
     Democrat Susan Simon 5.8% 139
Total Votes 2,392
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013



North Penn School District Region 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCasey Lawrence 30.4% 635
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSkip Tenney 27.3% 570
     Republican Allison Smith 23% 480
     Republican Debra E. DeBlasio 19.3% 402
Total Votes 2,087
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


North Penn School District Region 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAllison Smith 37.9% 1,050
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra E. DeBlasio 36.9% 1,023
     Democrat Casey Lawrence 13.6% 377
     Democrat Skip Tenney 11.6% 322
Total Votes 2,772
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


Endorsements

The Democratic Clubs for Lower Makefield Township/Yardley endorsed Debra Wachspress and Josh Waldorf for Region 1 and Deb Deblasio and Alison Smith for Region 3.[4] The Lower Makefield and Yardley Republican committee endorsed Simon Campbell and Susan Simon for Region 1 and Skip Tenney and Casey Lawrence in Region 3.[5]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Pennsbury School Board were at stake in the November election, including board President Allan Weisel's seat. Simon Campbell was the only incumbent running for re-election.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Pennsbury School Board election:[7]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of Bucks County had statewide, countywide and citywide items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. They also voted for attorney general, sheriff, prothonotary, recorder of deeds, controller, and four district judges in a countywide race. There were also mayoral, council, auditor, judge of election, and inspector of election races in various townships and boroughs.[8]

See also

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