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Rogelio Ortiz

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Rogelio Ortiz
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Board member, Bethlehem Area School District, District 1
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Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sNorthampton Community College
ProfessionReal estate agent
Campaign website

Rogelio Ortiz holds the District 1 seat on the Bethlehem Area school board. He won election to the board on November 5, 2013.


Ortiz was born and raised in New York City. He moved to Pennsylvania with his wife and five children in 1999, where he attended Northampton Community College and passed that state exam to become a real estate agent. Since moving to Bethlehem, he worked with under-privilege kids in community sports and was part of PAL ( Police Athletic League). Ortiz has also taken an active role in after school programs, such as Boy Scouts and Basketball, and coach a local little league team. He is currently the president of the Lynnfield Tenant Council and Community Center.[1]


See also: Bethlehem Area School District elections (2013)



Ortiz was unopposed in the election on November 5, 2013. The primary was held on May 21, 2013.


Bethlehem Area School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRogelio Ortiz 100% 624
Total Votes 624
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Bethlehem School District," accessed November 6, 2013

Bethlehem Area School District, Region 1Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRogelio Ortiz 100% 295
Total Votes 295
Source: Lehigh County Election Results, "Bethlehem Area School District School Director Election 2013,"


Ortiz reported no contributions or expenditures to the Lehigh County Voter Registration department.[2]

Campaign themes

Ortiz is focused his campaign on the following issues:[3]

  • Reducing class sizes
  • Revamping the district's curriculum
  • Increase the number of the district's reading specialists
  • Develop a stronger early childhood education program for all children
  • Creating more after school programs and expanding the community school program
  • A return to fiscal discipline

What was at stake?

Five seats were up for re-election in 2013, including board president Michael Faccinetto and appointed member Shannon Patrick's region two seat. Patrick was appointed to the board in 2011 following fellow board member, Michael Cann's, win of both the at-large and region two seats. The region two seat will be up for election again in 2015. Board members Irene Follweiler, William Burkhardt and Aurea Ortiz all did not to seek re-election.[4]

About the district

See also: Bethlehem Area School District, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem Area School District is located in Lehigh County and Northhampton County, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem is located in Northampton County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Bethlehem is 75,103 according to the 2010 Census.[5]


According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (84.8%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) while the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in is higher Bethlehem (27.1%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bethlehem is $45,631 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Bethlehem (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 76.4 81.9
Black or African American 6.9 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.2
Asian 2.9 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 24.4 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.0 46.8
2008 55 43
2004 50.02 48.96
2000 50.72 45.27

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