Rachel Mitchell

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Rachel Mitchell
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Board member, Upper Darby School Board
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEastern University
Master'sRutgers University
Personal
ProfessionStay-at-home mom
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rachel Mitchell is a Democratic at-large member of the Upper Darby School Board in Pennsylvania. She won her election bid during the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Mitchell received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Eastern University. She later earned a Master's of Social Work from Rutgers University. Mitchell worked as a social worker for eight years before focusing on raising her children. She and her husband, Matthew, have two children currently attending district schools.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Upper Darby School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Mitchell won election against seven other opponents during the general election on November 5, 2013.

Election results

General election
Upper Darby School District, At-large, Four-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen E. Carey Incumbent 13.4% 6,935
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Mitchell 13.2% 6,871
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Toole Incumbent 12.7% 6,574
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngManjit Singh 12.7% 6,567
     Democratic Stacey Hawley 12.5% 6,495
     Democratic Phyllis Fields 12.2% 6,322
     Republican John McMullan 11.7% 6,055
     Republican Rose G. Conley 11.7% 6,051
Total Votes 51,870
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Election 2013 Results," accessed January 30, 2014
Primary
Upper Darby School District, Republican primary, Four-year term, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen E. Carey Incumbent 21.5% 2,455
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEarl Toole Incumbent 20.3% 2,309
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRose G. Conley 19.3% 2,205
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McMullan 16.2% 1,851
     Republican Rachel Mitchell 9.1% 1,042
     Republican Stacey Hawley 7.6% 868
     Republican Phyllis Fields 3.8% 436
     Republican Tyra Virden 2% 227
     Republican Write-in votes 0% 3
Total Votes 11,396
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Primary 2013," accessed January 30, 2014


Upper Darby School District, Democratic primary, Four-year term, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Mitchell 18.9% 1,234
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStacey Hawley 18.8% 1,230
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngManjit Singh 18.8% 1,228
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPhyllis Fields 14.1% 923
     Democratic Rose G. Conley 8.1% 529
     Democratic Maureen E. Carey Incumbent 7.2% 471
     Democratic John McMullan 5.2% 339
     Democratic Earl Toole Incumbent 4.8% 316
     Democratic Tyra Virden 4.1% 270
     Democratic Write-in votes 0.1% 6
Total Votes 6,546
Source: Delaware County Election Bureau, "Municipal Primary 2013," accessed January 30, 2014

Funding

Mitchell reported no campaign contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[2]

Endorsements

Mitchell received no published endorsements during this election.

Campaign themes

2013

Mitchell discussed her campaign themes in an interview with the Upper Darby Parent Coalition:[1]

  • I believe our most important priority in Pennsylvania is to solve the Education Funding Formula. Currently Pennsylvania is one of the least progressive states in education funding, one of three states without such formula. I believe strongly in the need for a fair funding formula and have been and will continue to advocate on the state level for such a formula.
  • Special Education Funding Reforms, like House Bill 2 should be an important priority in the state. This Bill establishes a Special Education Funding Commission and is planning to work on reimbursements by the Commonwealth and between school districts, further providing for definitions; and providing for the distribution of special education funding for student achievement and instruction of eligible students and for special education accountability. I have and will continue to advocate for a funding formula that provides adequate funding for our special education population.
  • School Improvement, the end to NCLB and the New Race to the Top program are concerns of mine in education reform. NCLB made state wide assessments the only way our schools were judged in the eyes of the public. NCLB did provide school improvement grants to our lowest performing schools. Race to the Top continues this reliance on test scores, but does not provide funds to the lowest achieving schools only grants to our top performing schools. I believe as a country we need to look more closely at the needs of the future of our country our children and enact common sense legislation and funding formula’s that will work to close the achievement gap for all students. There is a lot of work to be done here on a local, state and federal level.

What was at stake?

The board welcomed two new members after the November 5 general election. Vince Gordon did not file for re-election in 2013 while fellow incumbent Rose G. Conley was defeated in the election. Democrats Rachel Mitchell and Manjit Singh joined the board, replacing Republican members Gordon and Conley.[3]

About the district

See also: Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania
Upper Darby School District is located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Upper Darby School District serves K-12 students in Upper Darby, a township in eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The population of Delaware County was 558,972 according to the 2010 U.S. Census[4]

Demographics

Delaware County outperformed the rest of the state in terms of educational achievement based on the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a Bachelor's degree (34.9%) was higher than the state of Pennsylvania (27.0%). The median household income in Delaware County was $64,242 compared to the state median income of $52,267. Delaware County had a poverty rate of 9.8% while the state of Pennsylvania had a poverty rate of 13.1%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Delaware County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 72.3 83.5
Black or African American 20.6 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 5.1 3.0
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 6.1

Party affiliation, 2014
Party Registered voters  % of Total
Democratic 170,576 44.1
Republican 169,571 43.8
No affiliation 22,600 5.8
Libertarian 1,558 0.4

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.[5]

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