Polk County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Polk County Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Four seats on the Polk County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. Incumbents Hazel Sellers, Debra Smith Wright and Tim Harris were facing challengers in their re-election bids in Districts 3, 6 and 7, respectively. Both Sellers and Harris won re-election, defeating challengers Randy Wilkinson and Lisa Bone Miller, respectively. Wright was defeated by challenger Lynn Wilson. District 5 incumbent Kay Fields was also up for election. She ran unopposed and won re-election by default.[1]

About the district

See also: Polk County Public Schools, Florida
Polk County Public Schools is located in Polk County, Florida
Polk County Public Schools is based in Bartow, the county seat of Polk County, Florida. Polk County is home to 623,009 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Polk County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Florida, serving 96,070 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Polk County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.2 percent of Polk 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 Polk County was $43,606 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Polk County was 17.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Polk County (%) Florida (%)
White 80.0 78.3
Black or African American 15.6 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 18.6 23.2

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 136,570
Republican 128,416
Unaffiliated 76,397
Other 11,124
Total 352,507

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 Polk County School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate received 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 ran 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.[6]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Polk County Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHazel Sellers Incumbent 56.2% 30,135
     Nonpartisan Randy Wilkinson 43.8% 23,484
Total Votes 53,619
Source: Polk County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election," accessed August 27, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Polk County Public Schools, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Wilson 53.2% 27,777
     Nonpartisan Debra Smith Wright Incumbent 46.8% 24,396
Total Votes 52,173
Source: Polk County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election," accessed August 27, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Polk County Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTim Harris Incumbent 53.8% 27,632
     Nonpartisan Lisa Bone Miller 46.2% 23,730
Total Votes 51,362
Source: Polk County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election," accessed August 27, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $96,553.00 and spent a total of $58,822.03 during the election, according to the Polk County Supervisor of Elections. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[7]

District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $27,209.00 and spent a total of $21,362.24.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Hazel Sellers $19,015.00 $14,909.74 $4,105.26
Randy Wilkinson $8,194.00 $6,452.50 $1,741.50
District 5

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

District 6

In the District 6 race, candidates received a total of $49,339.00 and spent a total of $24,504.97.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Debra Smith Wright $16,184.00 $13,121.81 $3,062.19
Lynn Wilson $33,155.00 $24,504.97 $8,650.03
District 7

In the District 7 race, candidates received a total of $20,005.00 and spent a total of $12,954.82.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tim Harris $8,740.00 $5,559.57 $3,180.43
Randy Wilkinson $11,265.00 $7,395.25 $3,869.75

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

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

Additional elections on the ballot

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Polk County voted on races for the county commission and circuit court seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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