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Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Prince George's County Public Schools Elections

Primary Election date:
June 24, 2014
General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools
Prince George's County, Maryland ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Maryland
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Four seats on the Prince George's County Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014, to narrow the field to two candidates for each seat. District 2 incumbent Peggy Higgins and challenger Lupi Grady did not appear on the primary ballot as they were the only two candidates to file for the seat. Grady won the general election. District 6 incumbent Carolyn M. Boston defeated challenger Pat Fletcher in the general election after defeating Darin Kenley in the primary election. District 9 incumbent Sonya Williams and challenger Domonique A. Flowers squared off in the general election after defeating Denise M. Joseph and Johnnie R. Isaac in the primary. Williams retained her seat.

Amber Waller and Dinora A. Hernandez advanced from the District 3 primary against Clarence Emmanuel. Hernandez won the general election.

See also: What was at stake in the Prince George's County Board of Education 2014 election?

About the district

See also: Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is located in Prince George's County, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is based in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents.[1] Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Prince George's County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Prince George's County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Prince George's County was $73,568 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Prince George's County was 8.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Prince George's County (%) Maryland (%)
White 26.5 60.8
Black or African American 65.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.5
Asian 4.4 6.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 15.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 441,584
Unaffiliated 59,107
Republicans 43,671
Other 16,411
Libertarian 1,061
Green 772
Total 562,655

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Prince George's County Board of Education consists of 13 members. Nine members are elected by district to four-year terms, three members are appointed by the county executive and one member is appointed by the county council.[5] There was a primary election on June 24, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014.

Board candidates submitted their statements of organization and certificates of candidacy with the county elections office by February 25, 2014. Each candidate was also required to submit a filing fee of $25 to the county. State law required candidates to be registered voters and residents of the district.[6]

County residents had to register to vote for the primary election by June 3, 2014. The county offered early voting in the primary from June 12, 2014, to June 19, 2014. The deadline to register to vote in the general election was October 14, 2014. Early voting for the general election took place from October 23, 2014, to October 30, 2014.[7]

Elections

Candidates

2014

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  • Peggy Higgins
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Catholic University and University of Maryland-College Park
    • Departmental director, City of College Park
  • Lupi Grady Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Goucher College and George Washington University
    • Deputy director, Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers
  • Amber Waller
    • Incumbent
  • Dinora A. Hernandez Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, University of Maryland-College Park and Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Liaison, Prince George's County Executive

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Carolyn M. Boston Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Former vice mayor of Fairmount Heights, Maryland
  • Pat Fletcher
    • Graduate, St. Cecilia's Academy
    • Former board member, 2006-2010

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Darin Kenley
    • Graduate, Colgate University and Harvard Graduate School of Education
    • Alumni affairs director, College Summit
  • Sonya Williams Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Maryland-College Park and Georgetown University
    • Land development manager, The Peterson Company
  • Domonique A. Flowers
    • Graduate, Howard University
    • Attorney, Social Security Administration

Candidates defeated in the primary

Election results

General: District 2
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLupi Grady 53.4% 8,041
     Nonpartisan Peggy Higgins Incumbent 46.3% 6,984
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 47
Total Votes 15,072
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014
General: District 3
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDinora A. Hernandez 50.2% 5,700
     Nonpartisan Amber Waller Incumbent 49.4% 5,607
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 39
Total Votes 11,346
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014
General: District 6
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn M. Boston Incumbent 74.8% 18,854
     Nonpartisan Pat Fletcher 24.9% 6,270
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 66
Total Votes 25,190
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014
General: District 9
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 9 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSonya Williams Incumbent 53.1% 15,334
     Nonpartisan Domonique A. Flowers 46.6% 13,435
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 91
Total Votes 28,860
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014
Primary: District 2

No primary election was held as only two candidate filed to run for the seat.

Primary: District 3
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 3 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmber Waller Incumbent 53.4% 2,926
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDinora A. Hernandez 29.3% 1,605
     Nonpartisan Clarence Emmanuel 17.3% 948
Total Votes 5,479
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Prince George's County," July 16, 2014
Primary: District 6
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 6 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarolyn M. Boston Incumbent 50.9% 5,910
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPat Fletcher 33.5% 3,892
     Nonpartisan Darin Kenley 15.5% 1,803
Total Votes 11,605
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Prince George's County," July 16, 2014
Primary: District 9
Prince George's County Public Schools, District 9 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSonya Williams Incumbent 42.3% 5,383
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDomonique A. Flowers 35.4% 4,502
     Nonpartisan Denise M. Joseph 14.4% 1,826
     Nonpartisan Johnnie R. Isaac 7.9% 1,010
Total Votes 12,721
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Prince George's County," July 16, 2014

Endorsements

The Washington Post endorsed Dinora A. Hernandez, Carolyn M. Boston and Sonya Williams ahead of the primary election.[8] The paper reaffirmed those endorsements for the general election in addition to endorsing Lupi Grady for District 2.[9]

Amber Waller, Carolyn M. Boston and Domonique A. Flowers were endorsed by The Gazette.[10]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $13,210.25 and reported $986.86 expenditures as of May 23, 2014, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. State law allows candidates to file Affidavits of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (ALCE) if their campaigns did not accept $1,000 in contributions or spend $1,000 in a particular reporting period. Lupi Grady, Carolyn M. Boston and Johnnie R. Isaac have all filed ALCEs prior to the primary.[11]

In the District 2 race, candidates have raised a total of $4,832.12 and spent a total of $534.13.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Lupi Grady $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Peggy Higgins $4,832.12 $534.13 $4,297.99

In the District 3 race, candidates have raised a total of $2,325.00 and spent a total of $80.44.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Clarence Emmanuel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dinora A. Hernandez $2,325.00 $80.44 $2,244.56
Amber Waller $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District 6 race, candidates have raised a total of $1,455.00 and spent a total of $0.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Carolyn M. Boston $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Pat Fletcher $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Darin Kenley $1,455.00 $0.00 $1,455.00

In the District 9 race, candidates have raised a total of $4,558.13 and spent a total of $372.29.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Domonique A. Flowers $1,667.00 $372.29 $1,294.71
Johnnie R. Isaac $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Denise M. Joseph $2,791.13 $0.00 $2,791.13
Sonya Williams $100.00 $0.00 $100.00

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

End of temporary visa sponsorship

The district announced that it will no longer sponsor temporary work visas in a letter to more than 150 foreign teachers distributed in April 2014. District schools have used the federal work visa program to recruit teachers in specialized subjects over the past 10 years. The decision by district officials follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into misuses of the visa program in 2011. Prince George's County Public Schools was fined $1.7 million and repaid $4.2 million in back wages after federal investigators determined that the district passed along visa fees to participating teachers. Federal law requires employers to pay worker visa fees. This investigation also prevented the district from recruiting new visa recipients in 2012. The district received federal approval to resume use of the worker visa program in March 2014 but clarified its new position in the April letter.[12]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Prince George's County Public Schools election in 2014:[13]

Deadline Event
February 25, 2014 Deadline for candidate filing
June 3, 2014 Voter registration deadline for primary election
June 12-19, 2014 Early voting for primary election
June 24, 2014 Primary election day
October 14, 2014 Voter registration deadline for general election
October 23-30, 2014 Early voting for general election
November 4, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Maryland elections, 2014

The school board election shared the ballot with county, state and federal elections on November 4, 2014. Residents of Prince George's County voted in races for county council, circuit court judge, sheriff and other county executive positions. The general election ballot included candidates for governor, attorney general and other state executive offices. Voters also chose candidates for state legislative seats. Two U.S. House seats were also up for election on November 4, 2014.[14]

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