Reading School District elections (2013)

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2013 Reading School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Pennsylvania
Reading School District
Berks County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
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Five seats on the Reading School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013.

Robin Costenbader-Jacobson, Manuel Guzman, Eddie Moran and Yvonne L. Stroman defeated Brian Twyman and Abraham J. Cepeda for the four at-large, full term seats. Abraham J. Cepeda ran unopposed and won the two-year seat.

About the district

See also: Reading School District, Pennsylvania
Reading School District is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania
Reading School District is located in Berks County in eastern Pennsylvania. Berks County is home to 413,491 residents.[1]

Demographics

The county outperforms the rest of Pennsylvania based on average household income, but underperforms in poverty rate and higher education achievement. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Berks County is $54,823 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. The poverty rate in Berks County is 13.1% while the state average is 12.6%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Berks County is 22.1% while the percentage in Pennsylvania overall is 26.7%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Berks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 89.3 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.3
Asian 1.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 17.5 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 58.9 49.5
2008 45.0 54.0
2004 53.0 46.4
2000 52.7 43.7

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Reading School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The primary election for the Reading School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. One seat that was up for election was for a special two year term following a former board member's resignation. Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and five seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

General election
Reading School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Moran 19.8% 2,916
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngManuel Guzman 18.7% 2,754
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngYvonne L. Stroman Incumbent 17.7% 2,605
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Costenbader-Jacobson 17.1% 2,516
     Republican Brian Twyman 10.4% 1,539
     Republican Robin Costenbader-Jacobson 8.4% 1,236
     Republican Abraham J. Cepeda 7.9% 1,167
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 17
Total Votes 14,750
Source: Government of Berks County, Pennsylvania, "Rdg. School Board 4 Year," accessed December 16, 2013


Reading School District, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngAbraham J. Cepeda 99.6% 3,794
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 14
Total Votes 3,808
Source: Government of Berks County, Pennsylvania, "Rdg. School Board 2 Year," accessed December 16, 2013


Primary election
Reading School District Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Costenbader-Jacobson 41.7% 561
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Twyman 29.6% 399
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAbraham J. Cepeda 27.8% 374
     Republican Write-in 0.9% 12
Total Votes 1,346
Source: Berks County Election Results, "2013 Primary Results," accessed October 7, 2013


Reading School District Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Costenbader-Jacobson 19.1% 1,545
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngManuel Guzman 18% 1,456
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Moran 17.8% 1,439
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngYvonne L. Stroman 15.6% 1,264
     Democrat Brian Twyman 15.4% 1,251
     Democrat Abraham J. Cepeda 14% 1,137
     Democrat Write-in 0.1% 9
Total Votes 8,101
Source: Berks County Election Results, "2013 Primary Results," accessed October 7, 2013


Endorsements

No candidates received any official endorsements for their campaigns.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to Berks County Election Services.[5]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Five seats were at stake in the November election. Yvonne L. Stroman was the only incumbent seeking re-election. The new school board will need to address a number of challenges within the district, including budget gaps, layoffs and program cuts, attacks by the state auditor general, poor test scores and graduation rates and the possibility of state intervention in the district.[6]

Issues

Nominating petitions

Originally ten candidates filed nominating petitions for the five school board seats. Candidate Abraham J. Cepeda challenged four of the petitions because they did not have the appropriate amount of signatures. Judge Scott E. Lash agreed and ordered former city mayor Joseph D. Eppihimer, Elijah A. Rhodes and Gary S. Wegman to be removed from the school board ballot. Cepeda alleged that Eppihimer had only 65 valid signatures out of 125 submitted, that Rhodes had 56 out of 142, Storch 86 out of 132 and Wegman 98 out of 109. He also alleged Wegman had not filed his statement of financial interest. In a separate ruling, Judge Timothy J. Rowley also ordered incumbent Harry P. Storch Jr. removed from the Democratic ballot. One hundred valid signatures were necessary in order to appear on the ballot.[7]

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Reading School Board election.[8]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of Reading School District had statewide, countywide and local items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. Additionally, they voted for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Jury Commissioner and various Magisterial District Judges. There was also treasurer, coroner, council member, prothonotary, judge of elections and inspector of elections races on the ballot.[9]

See also

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