San Bernardino City Unified School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
San Bernardino City Unified School District
San Bernardino County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
Three seats on the School Board for San Bernardino City Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Candidates Danny Tillman, Barbara Flores and Judy Penman defeated four challenging candidates to win three at-large seats.
About the districtSan Bernardino County in San Bernardino, California. It is located in the 5th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, San Bernardino is home to 209,924 residents.
San Bernardino underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 11.8% of San Bernardino residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in San Bernardino was $39,097 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in San Bernardino was 30.6% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.
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.
Method of board member selection
San Bernardino City Unified School District School Board consists of seven 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 three members, but no more than four 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 four remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
- Kaisar Ahmed
- Retired educator
- Sonia Fernandez
- College student
- Barbara Flores
- Incumbent board member
- Abigail M. Medina
- Parent, businesswoman
- Joe Navarro
- Judy Penman
- Incumbent board member
- Danny Tillman
- Incumbent board member
On November 5, 2013, candidates Danny Tillman, Barbara Flores and Abigail M. Medina defeated four challenging candidates for three seats on the San Bernardino Unified School District Board of Education.
|San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Abigail M. Medina||16.7%||5,217|
|Source: San Bernardino County, "Governing Board Member; San Bernardino City Unified School District Voter Information" accessed December 13, 2013|
Candidates received a total of $28,408 and spent a total of $23,388 during the election, according to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Abigail M. Medina||$23,554.00||$20,415.00||$0.00|
No candidates received official endorsements for this race.
On November 8, 2011, four seats on the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Margaret B. Hill, Lynda K. Savage, Sharon "Bobbie" Perong and Michael J. Gallo defeated nine challengers.
|San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Margaret B. Hill||15.3%||6,671|
|Nonpartisan||Lynda K. Savage||12.6%||5,482|
|Nonpartisan||Sharon "Bobbie" Perong||10.9%||4,751|
|Nonpartisan||Michael J. Gallo||10.7%||4,647|
|Nonpartisan||Juan M. Lopez||8.2%||3,581|
|Nonpartisan||Damon L. Alexander||7.5%||3,243|
|Nonpartisan||Daniel William Deane||7.1%||3,068|
|Nonpartisan||Anna M. Cox||4.2%||1,825|
|Nonpartisan||Henry William Nickel||1.2%||533|
|Nonpartisan||Willard A. Hughes||0%||0|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; San Bernardino City Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 21, 2013|
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board president Barbara Flores sought re-election along with incumbents Judy Penman and Danny Tillman.
Personnel director resigns
On September 22, 2013 Abe Flory tenured his letter of resignation to San Bernadino City Unified School District Superintendent Dale Marsden. The personnel director oversees employee hiring and promotions. Flory was originally hired by the district in 2004, but did not serve in the personnel director position for four and a half years while he successfully brought a wrongful termination suit against the district. Flory was reinstated with $550,000 in back pay. In his resignation letter, Flory accuses his replacement Patrick Maher by saying “I can no longer protect the three remaining female staff from harassment, discrimination, retaliation, creation and continuation of a ‘hostile work environment,’ sexual harassment and other acts exacerbated by the return of Mr. Patrick Maher and in part by the two other commissioners of the Personnel Commission.”
The following dates were key deadlines for the San Bernardino City Unified School District election in 2013:
|July 15, 2013||Candidate filing begins|
|August 9, 2013||Candidate filing deadline|
|October 7, 2013||Early voting begins|
|October 12, 2013||Voter Information Guides delivered to voters’ mailboxes|
|October 21, 2013||Voter registration deadline|
|October 29, 2013||Deadline to apply to vote by mail|
|November 5, 2013||Election Day - 2013 Consolidated General Election|
|November 6, 2013||Canvassing of election begins|
|November 25, 2013||Deadline to complete the official canvass and certify the results|
Additional elections on the ballot
The San Bernardino City Unified School district shared the November 5, 2013 ballot with elections for the Mayor of the city of San Bernardino and three City Council positions.
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- San Bernardino City Unified School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- San Bernardino County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
- United States Census Bureau, "San Bernardino (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Report of Registration as of February 10, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed January 7, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- San Bernardino City Unified, "BYLAWS OF THE BOARD" accessed October 21, 2013
- Beau Yarborough, "San Bernardino Sun," "San Bernardino school district personnel director resigns," September 22, 2013
- [http://www.sbcountyelections.com/Elections/PastElections/20131105.aspx San Bernardino County Elections, "Key Dates and Deadlines," accessed October 21, 2013
- San Bernardino Elections.com, "SAN BERNARDINO - Registrar of Voters," accessed October 21, 2013