Pittsburgh Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Pittsburgh Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Candidates
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
Contact information
External links
References
See also
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Five seats on the Pittsburgh School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013.

Sylvia Wilson, Thomas Sumpter, Terry Kennedy, Cynthia Falls and Carolyn Klug ran unopposed and won the District 1, District 3, District 5, District 7 and District 9 seats.

About the district

See also: Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Public Schools is located in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh has a population of 306,211.[1]

Demographics

The city outperforms the state in education and underperforms in median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents in Pittsburgh with a high school degree (88.8%) 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 Pittsburgh (34.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Pittsburgh is $37,161 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 66.0 83.5
Black or African American 26.1 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 4.4 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.3 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.6 42.2
2008 57.0 42.2
2004 57.2 42.1
2000 40.4

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

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

Elections

Candidates

The following candidates were on the ballot on November 5, 2013. The field was narrowed in a May 21 primary.

Election results

Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngSylvia Wilson 99.4% 3,876
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.6% 22
Total Votes 3,898
Source: Allegheny County


Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Sumpter Incumbent 99.1% 3,728
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.9% 35
Total Votes 3,763
Source: Allegheny County


Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Kennedy 99.2% 3,830
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.8% 32
Total Votes 3,862
Source: Allegheny County


Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Falls 99.2% 3,386
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.8% 26
Total Votes 3,412
Source: Allegheny County


Pittsburgh Public Schools, District 9 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn Klug 99.2% 4,047
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.8% 31
Total Votes 4,078
Source: Allegheny County

Endorsements

Terry Kennedy was endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee and the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.[4] Carolyn Klug was endorsed by The Allegheny County Labor Council, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #5, The Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Progressive Majority, Darlene Harris (Pittsburgh City Council District 1, City Council President) and Theresa Kail-Smith (Pittsburgh City Council District 2).

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $10,163.46 and spent a total of $4,499.55 during the election, according to the Allgheny County Election Division.[5]


In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $3,138.51 and spent a total of $1,106.55.[5]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Sylvia Wilson $3,138.51 $1,106.55 $2,031.96

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $3,560.10.[5]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Thomas Sumpter $3,560.10 $0.00 $3,560.10

In the District 5 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.[5]


In the District 7 race, no contributions or expenditures were reported during the election.[5]


In the District 9 race, candidates received a total of $3,464.85 and spent a total of $2,293.00.[5]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Carolyn Klug $3,464.85 $2,293.00 $71.85

Past elections

What was at stake?

Five seats on the Pittsburgh Public School Board were at stake in the upcoming election. The only incumbent running for re-election was Thomas Sumpter, making this the largest turnover Pittsburgh Public Schools had experienced in many years.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Pittsburg Public School Board election.

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 Pittsburgh Public Schools had statewide, countywide, and local items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. Additionally, they voted for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Jury Commissioner, and various Magisterial District Judges. There was also mayoral, council, auditor, finance council, supervisor, township commissioner and tax collector races in various townships and boroughs.[6]


See also

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