Racine Unified School District elections (2014)

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2014 Racine Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
April 1, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District
Racine County, Wisconsin ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Wisconsin
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Four seats on the Racine Board of Education were up for general election on April 1, 2014. Incumbents Pamala Handrow, Melvin Hargrove, Wally Rendón and Dennis Wiser won re-election against Jacqueline Pinager and Henry Perez. Rendón was appointed in September 2013 to replace Gretchen Warner. State law required Rendón to seek election since Warner resigned prior to her last year in office. Hargrove, Handrow and Wiser won full terms while Rendón earned a one-year unexpired term by placing fourth. The leadership of the board was at stake on April 1 as Wiser serves as the board president, Hargrove serves as vice president and Handrow serves as the clerk.[1] Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.[2]

About the district

See also: Racine Unified School District, Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine , Wisconsin
Racine Unified School District is located in Racine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents.[3] Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[4]

Demographics

Racine underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Racine residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Racine was $38,789 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Racine was 21.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Racine (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 61.8 86.2
Black or African American 22.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 0.8 2.3
Two or More Races 4.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 50.8 47.3
2008 52.7 45.4
2004 47.3 51.4

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.[6]

Method of board member selection

The Racine Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 1, 2014. Three seats will be up for election in 2015 and another three seats will be on the ballot in 2016.

Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, citizens of the United States and residents of the district at least 10 days before the election. Each candidate submitted at least 100 valid signatures to the Racine County Clerk by January 7, 2014.[7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

  • Thomas Fineran Defeatedd
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Former public school teacher
    • Withdrew from race on March 24 but name will still appear on ballot
  • Pamala Handrow Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin and Chicago Kent College of Law
    • Executive director, SAFE Haven of Racine
  • Melvin Hargrove Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Founder and pastor, Zoe Outreach Ministries
  • Henry Perez Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Reformed Bible College and Miami Christian College
    • Pastor
    • Member, Racine Common Council
  • Jacqueline Pinager Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Alverno College
    • Clinical application coordinator, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Wally Rendón Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Outreach representative, Educators Credit Union
  • Dennis Wiser Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Retired educator
    • Member, Racine Common Council

Election results

Racine Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelvin Hargrove Incumbent 18.6% 4,326
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Wiser Incumbent 17.2% 3,996
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamala Handrow Incumbent 17% 3,954
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWally Rendón Incumbent 14.4% 3,355
     Nonpartisan Jacqueline Pinager 12% 2,795
     Nonpartisan Henry Perez 12% 2,790
     Nonpartisan Thomas Fineran 8.2% 1,915
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 95
Total Votes 23,226
Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014

Endorsements

Thomas Fineran received endorsements from the Racine Education Association/Racine Educational Assistants Association, AFL-CIO of Racine County and Democratic Party of Racine County[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $1,083.00 and spent a total of $40.67 by the March 24 pre-election reporting deadline, according to the school board secretary.[9] State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[10]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Thomas Fineran $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Pamala Handrow $0.00 $0.00 $699.60
Melvin Hargrove $1,083.00 $40.67 $2,923.47
Henry Perez $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jacqueline Pinager $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Wally Rendón $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dennis Wiser $0.00 $0.00 $811.15

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Racine Unified School District election in 2014:[11][7]

Deadline Event
December 1, 2013 First day to circulate nominating petitions
January 7, 2014 Last day to submit nominating petitions to county clerk
March 24, 2014 Last day to file pre-election campaign finance report
April 1, 2014 Election day
July 21, 2014 Last day to file continuing campaign finance report

Additional elections on the ballot

The Racine Unified School District election shared the ballot with other local and county elections. Residents of Racine voted for seven seats on the Common Council. The ballot included 23 seats on the Racine County Board of Supervisors, one seat on the Court of Appeals and two seats on the Wisconsin Circuit Court.[12]

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