Pinellas County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Pinellas County 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
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Five seats on the Pinellas County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined 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 advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

The District 2 race featured incumbent Terry B. Krassner and challenger Chris Tauchnitz. Peggy O'Shea was running for re-election to District 3 against Kent "Kip" A. Curtis. Beverley Billiris, John H. Nygren and Ken Peluso were running to replace Robin Wikle, who did not file for re-election in District 4. The District 6 race featured incumbent Linda Lerner and challenger Maureen Ahern.

Incumbents Terry B. Krassner, Peggy O'Shea and Linda Lerner won re-election, defeating challengers Chris Tauchnitz, Kent "Kip" A. Curtis and Maureen Ahern, respectively. No candidate received 50 percent of the vote for the District 4 race, so candidates Ken Peluso and Beverley Billiris, the top two vote-getters, advanced to a runoff election on November 4, 2014.[1]

Fellow board member Rene Flowers is running for another term in District 7 against Irene Olive Cates. Because Cates is a write-in candidate, the District 7 election will be decided in the November 4, 2014, election.

About the district

See also: Pinellas County Schools, Florida
Pinellas County Schools is located in Pinellas County, Florida
Pinellas County Schools is based in Largo, the county seat of Pinellas County, Florida. Pinellas County is home to 929,048 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Pinellas County Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Florida, serving 103,776 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Pinellas County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.2 percent of Pinellas 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 Pinellas County was $46,051 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Pinellas County was 13.1 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Pinellas County (%) Florida (%)
White 83.6 78.3
Black or African American 10.8 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 3.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.5 23.2

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 223,057
Republican 218,951
Other 172,579
Total 614,587

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Pinellas County School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Three members represent the entire county and four members are elected to specific geographic districts. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014.

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 was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

District 4: Runoff

This election will take place on November 4, 2014.

District 7: Runoff

This election will take place on November 4, 2014.

District 2: General
Pinellas County Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTerry B. Krassner Incumbent 71.1% 89,676
     Nonpartisan Chris Tauchnitz 28.9% 36,411
Total Votes 126,087
Source: Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections," 2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 29, 2014
District 3: General
Pinellas County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy O'Shea Incumbent 65.4% 83,926
     Nonpartisan Kent "Kip" A. Curtis 34.6% 44,393
Total Votes 128,319
Source: Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections," 2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 29, 2014
District 4: General
Pinellas County Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Peluso 47.7% 17,347
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBeverley Billiris 39.4% 14,340
     Nonpartisan John H. Nygren 12.8% 4,670
Total Votes 36,357
Source: Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections," 2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 29, 2014
District 6: General
Pinellas County Schools, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Lerner Incumbent 55.2% 19,916
     Nonpartisan Maureen Ahern 44.8% 16,188
Total Votes 36,104
Source: Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections," 2014 Primary Election Official Results," August 29, 2014
District 7: General

No general election was held for the District 7 seat because the only challenger to incumbent Rene Flowers was write-in candidate Irene Olive Cates. The election between Flowers and Cates will be held November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

District 4 candidate Ken Peluso received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $184,143.81 and spent a total of $119,646.38 during the election, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[7]

District 2

In the District 2 race, candidates received a total of $24,502.14 and spent a total of $21,491.06.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Terry B. Krassner $15,955.00 $14,080.44 $1,874.56
Chris Tauchnitz $8,547.14 $7,410.62 $1,136.52
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $26,433.65 and spent a total of $21,953.50.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Kent "Kip" A. Curtis $17,438.65 $15,558.44 $1,880.21
Peggy O'Shea $8,995.00 $6,395.06 $2,599.94
District 4

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $55,810.95 and spent a total of $26,426.54.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Beverley Billiris $11,435.00 $8,497.84 $2,937.16
John H. Nygren $2,000.00 $1,679.40 $320.60
Ken Peluso $42,375.95 $16,249.30 $26,126.65
District 6

In the District 6 race, candidates received a total of $61,356.90 and spent a total of $44,402.99.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Maureen Ahern $34,560.37 $19,207.17 $15,353.2
Linda Lerner $26,796.53 $25,195.82 $1,600.71
District 7

In the District 7 race, candidates received a total of $16,040.17 and spent a total of $5,372.29.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Irene Olive Cates $2,307.01 $2,050.03 $256.98
Rene Flowers $13,733.16 $5,372.29 $8,360.87

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[8]

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 Pinellas County will vote on races for seats on the county commission, county courts and fire control and community development districts. The November 4, 2014, ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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