San Diego Unified School District elections (2014)

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2014 San Diego Unified School District Elections

Primary Election date:
June 3, 2014
General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What's at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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San Diego Unified School District
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Two seats on the San Diego Unified Board of Education are up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was a primary election on June 3, 2014 for the District B seat. Incumbent Kevin Beiser finished ahead of challenger Amy C. Redding in the primary though both candidates advanced to the general election. The District B primary was held exclusively among residents of that specific sub-district and the general election will be held throughout the city. Michael G. McQuary is unopposed for the District C seat held by Scott Barnett, who did not file for re-election.[1]

About the district

See also: San Diego Unified School District, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California
San Diego Unified School District is located in San Diego County, California. San Diego is home to 1,338,348 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] San Diego Unified is the second-largest school district in California, serving 131,044 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

San Diego outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 41.4 percent of San Diego residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for San Diego was $63,990 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego was 15.4 percent while it was 15.3 percent for the state of California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race San Diego (%) California (%)
White 58.9 57.6
Black or African American 6.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 15.9 13.0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.4
Two or more race 5.1 0.9
Hispanic or Latino 28.8 37.6

2013 Party Affiliation, San Diego County[4]
Party Registered Voters
Unaffiliated 841,559
Democratic 542,985
Republican 518,992
Other 316,634
Libertarian 12,113
Green 7,682
American Independent 5,642
Peace and Freedom 4,134
Americans Elect 126
Total 2,249,867

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The San Diego Unified Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. The primary election was held on June 3, 2014 and the general election is scheduled for November 4, 2014.[6] Three seats will be on the ballot in 2016.[7]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on February 11, 2014. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was March 7, 2014.[8]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Amy C. Redding
    • Community volunteer
    • Graduate, University of California at San Diego

  • Michael G. McQuary
    • Retired classroom teacher
    • Graduate, University of California, Berkeley

Election results

Primary
San Diego Unified School District, District B Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Beiser Incumbent 68% 15,502
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy C. Redding 32% 7,287
Total Votes 22,789
Source: County of San Diego, "Gubernatorial Primary Election," June 4, 2014 These results are unofficial.


San Diego Unified School District, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael G. McQuary 100% 17,416
Total Votes 17,416
Source: County of San Diego, "Gubernatorial Primary Election," June 4, 2014 These results are unofficial.

Endorsements

The San Diego County Democratic Party officially endorsed Kevin Beiser and Michael G. McQuary prior to the June 3, 2014 primary.[9] Kevin Beiser has received over 100 endorsements from local community members and organizations.[10]

Campaign finance

As of April 2014, candidates had received a total of $17,228.94 and spent a total of $23,833.03 during the election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters.[11][12][13]

In the District B race, candidates had received a total of $15,083.00 and spent a total of $20,582.15.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Michael G. McQuary $2,145.94 $3,300.88 $500.00

In the District C race, candidates had received a total of $2,145.94 and spent a total of $3,300.88.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Kevin Beiser $6,599.00 $18,717.07 $40,598.88
Amy C. Redding $8,484.00 $1,865.08 $6,509.92

Past elections

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

Superintendent clashes with teachers' union

In April 2014, Superintendent Cindy Marten issued an initial contract proposal to the San Diego Education Association (SDEA), which is the local branch of the California Teacher's Association (CTA). Marten's proposal included changes in compensation policy, the inclusion of student and parent feedback in teacher evaluations and relaxed rules regarding class size. According to the SDEA, this proposal represented "broad take-backs across the board." An opinion piece by the San Diego Union Telegraph's editorial board praised Marten's proposal and denounced the SDEA's criticism of it as indicative that they are "more focused on adult employment than student achievement." Since 2009, candidates endorsed by the SDEA have constituted the majority of the school board.[14]

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the San Diego Unified School District election in 2014:[15]

Deadline Event
February 10, 2014 First day to file petitions of candidacy
March 7, 2014 Last day to file nominations of candidacy
June 3, 2014 Primary Election day
November 4, 2014 General Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The general election ballot will feature races for governor, lieutenant governor, controller, attorney general and seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.[6]

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