Rowland Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Rowland Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Rowland Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Rowland Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Angelena Marie Pride, Lynne Ebenkamp and Cary C. Chen defeated four candidates for three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Rowland Unified School District, California
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Rowland Unified School District is located on the southwestern edge of Los Angeles County, California in Rowland Heights, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 48,993 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Rowland Heights (%) California (%)
White 23.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 59.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.1 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 27.0 37.6


Rowland Heights underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. Rowland Heights outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. The median household income in Rowland Heights was $52,270 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 34.7% of Rowland Heights residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Rowland Heights was 10.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 85.7% of Rowland Heights residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

Rowland Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]




Election results

On November 5, 2013, Angelena Marie Pride, Lynne Ebenkamp and Cary C. Chen defeated four challenging candidates for three positions on the RUSD Board of Education.

Rowland Unified School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngelena Marie Pride 20.9% 2,462
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLynne Ebenkamp 19.4% 2,277
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCary C. Chen 15.1% 1,781
     Nonpartisan Anne Ma 14.3% 1,688
     Nonpartisan Gilbert G. Garcia 13.2% 1,553
     Nonpartisan Phillip R. Estrada 9.8% 1,151
     Nonpartisan Wild Chang 7.3% 855
Total Votes 11,767
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013


No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


Cary C. Chen and Lynne Ebenkamp received official endorsements from U.S. Representative Ed Royce as well as two members of the Rowland Unified Board of Education, Robert Hidalgo and Heidi Gallagos. Chen also received the endorsement of Judy Nien.[6][7]

Past elections


On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education were scheduled to be up for election. Candidates Heidi L. Gallegos and Judy Nieh were unopposed and the election was not held.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board members Cary C. Chen and Gilbert G. Garcia filed seeking re-election. They were opposed by five challengers.


Superintendent search

On March 12, 2013, the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education voted 4-1 in favor of appointing Ruben Frutos to Superintendent. Frutos began serving as interim Superintendent on September 1, 2012. The move drew criticism from some in the community who did not believe a proper candidate search had taken place because the appointment took place without the district interviewing a single other candidate. Shay Lohman, vice president of the Association of Rowland Educators said "You've made us the Walmart of school districts: the low-wage leader, You've made it clear that you don't value educators." Frutos responded to the criticism in a phone interview saying "I've developed wonderful partnerships on the administrative side and instructional side. My job has always been to find money for students and teachers. And I'm willing to listen."[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Rowland Unified School District election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[10]

See also

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