Putnam County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Putnam County School District 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
Florida
Putnam County School District
Putnam County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Four seats on the Putnam 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.

Incumbents David Buckles and Kathy Jorgensen faced challenges in Districts 2 and 4, respectively. Buckles was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in October 2013 to fill an unexpired term left by the resignation of Lisa Parsons.[1] Shirley Diaz-Basel, Allen Baggett, Tara Jenkins and Jane Thomas Crawford were running to replace C.L. Overturf, Jr., who did not file for re-election in District 5. Board member Nikki Cummings ran unopposed and won re-election.

District 2 incumbent David Buckles won re-election, defeating challengers Bethany Masters Brunny and Tommy Morgan. District 4 incumbent Kathy Jorgensen also won re-election, defeating challenger Bud McInnis. No candidate for District 5 received 50 percent of the vote, so candidates Jane Thomas Crawford and Allen Baggett, the top two vote-getters, advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.[2]

About the district

See also: Putnam County School District, Florida
Putnam County School District is located in Putnam County, Florida
Putnam County School District is based in Palatka, the county seat of Putnam County, Florida. Putnam County is home to 72,577 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] Putnam County School District is the 36th-largest school district in Florida, serving 11,154 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[4]

Demographics

Putnam County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 12.3 percent of Putnam 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 Putnam County was $34,429 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Putnam County was 25.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Putnam County (%) Florida (%)
White 80.4 78.1
Black or African American 16.5 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 0.7 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.4 23.6

Party registration, 2014[5]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 21,915
Republican 14,700
Other 8,237
Total 44,852

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.[6]

Method of board member selection

The Putnam County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate receives 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 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 is October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Putnam School District, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Buckles Incumbent 50% 4,583
     Nonpartisan Bethany Masters Brunny 35.6% 3,260
     Nonpartisan Tommy Morgan 14.4% 1,319
Total Votes 9,162
Source: Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Putnam County School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Jorgensen Incumbent 50.9% 4,587
     Nonpartisan Bud McInnis 49.1% 4,425
Total Votes 9,012
Source: Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Putnam County School District, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJane Thomas Crawford 35.5% 3,254
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Baggett 33.1% 3,035
     Nonpartisan Tara Jenkins 19.6% 1,798
     Nonpartisan Shirley Diaz-Basel 11.8% 1,086
Total Votes 9,173
Source: Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

District 5 candidate Tara Jenkins received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $57,127.14 and spent a total of $34,829.09 during the election, according to the Putnam County Supervisor of Elections. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[8]

District 1

In the District 1 race, Cummings received a total of $200 and spent a total of $38.50.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Nikki Cummings $200.00 $38.50 $161.50
District 2

In the District 2 race, candidates received a total of $11,500.41 and spent a total of $8,244.81.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tommy Morgan $372.57 $0.00 $372.57
Bethany Masters Brunny $5,927.84 $5,414.71 $513.13
David Buckles $5,200.00 $2,830.10 $2,369.90
District 4

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $9,855.47 and spent a total of $6,570.18.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Bud McInnis $7,884.46 $4,814.96 $3,069.50
Kathy Jorgensen $1,971.01 $1,755.22 $215.79
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $35,571.26 and spent a total of $19,975.60.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Allen Baggett $14,747.57 $9,174.04 $5,573.53
Jane Thomas Crawford $15,825.46 $9,584.15 $6,241.31
Shirley Diaz-Basel $2,033.73 $319.93 $1,713.80
Tara Jenkins $2,964.50 $897.48 $2,067.02

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[15]

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 Putnam County will vote on races for the county commission and county judge seats. Voters will also decide on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014 ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida, "Governor Rick Scott Appoints David Buckles as Putnam County School Board Member," October 1, 2013
  2. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Putnam County, Florida," accessed July 8, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
  5. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Home," accessed July 8, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Personhood Florida ProLife PAC, "Personhood Florida ProLife PAC Endorses Over 60 Candidates for the 2014 Primary and General Election," July 23, 2014
  8. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "Reporting group (Election/Committees) : Election Cycle 2014 (11/4/2014)," accessed August 26, 2014
  9. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "August 14, 2012, Primary Election Results," August 20, 2012
  10. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "August 24, 2010, Primary Election Results," August 30, 2010
  11. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "August 26, 2008, Primary Election Results," September 2, 2008
  12. The Times-Union, "2006 state, federal and Northeast Florida election candidates," July 23, 2006
  13. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "August 31, 2004, Primary Election Results," October 28, 2004
  14. Putnam County Supervisor of Elections, "November 2, 2004, General Election Results," November 15, 2004
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