Santa Rosa County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Santa Rosa County School District Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff 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
Florida
Santa Rosa County School District
Santa Rosa County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Santa Rosa County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. Because no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a District 3, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Diane L. Scott faced and defeated challenger Sandra Nicely in District 1. Carol Boston, Debbie Gunnoe, Fuchsia Ann Spann and Jim R. Taylor were running to replace Diane Coleman, who did not file for re-election in District 3. Taylor and Boston advanced to the runoff election. Scott Thomas Peden won re-election without opposition in District 5.

About the district

See also: Santa Rosa County School District, Florida
Santa Rosa County School District is located in Santa Rosa County, Florida
Santa Rosa County School District is based in Milton, the county seat of Santa Rosa County, Florida. Santa Rosa County is home to 161,096 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Santa Rosa County School District is the 28th-largest school district in Florida, serving 25,885 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Santa Rosa County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.8 percent of Santa Rosa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Santa Rosa County was $57,491 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Santa Rosa County was 11.1 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Santa Rosa County (%) Florida (%)
White 87.3 78.1
Black or African American 6.5 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 0.5
Asian 2.1 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 5.1 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 69,726
Democratic 27,342
Other 26,042
Total 123,110

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

The Santa Rosa County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific group of schools. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014, in races where no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election runs from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014, and the runoff election deadline is October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Sandra Nicely
    • Bus driver
  • Diane L. Scott Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of South Carolina and Catholic University of America
    • Professor, University of West Florida

Election results

District 1
Santa Rosa County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiane L. Scott Incumbent 65.3% 6,311
     Nonpartisan Sandra Nicely 34.7% 3,355
Total Votes 9,666
Source: Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 3
Santa Rosa County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim R. Taylor 34.2% 3,329
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Boston 29.4% 2,863
     Nonpartisan Debbie Gunnoe 28.7% 2,791
     Nonpartisan Fuchsia Ann Spann 7.8% 757
Total Votes 9,740
Source: Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
District 5

Scott Thomas Peden retained his seat without opposition.

Endorsements

District 3 candidate Carol Boston earned the endorsement of Santa Rosa Professional Educators in this election.[5] Fellow District 3 candidate Debbie Gunnoe received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $37,310.72 and spent a total of $12,951.73 by July 22, 2014, according to the Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections.[7]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $3,245.09 and spent a total of $830.97.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Sandra Nicely $220.00 $167.74
Diane L. Scott $3,025.09 $663.23

In the District 3 race, candidates raised a total of $30,225.55 and spent a total of $12,019.41.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Carol Boston $10,759.55 $905.26
Debbie Gunnoe $3,275.00 $2,840.08
Fuchsia Ann Spann $10,340.00 $3,995.66
Jim R. Taylor $5,851.00 $4,278.41

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $3,840.08 and spent a total of $101.35.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Scott Thomas Peden $3,840.08 $101.35

Past elections

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

District ends corporal punishment policy

School board members unanimously voted to eliminate the district's corporal punishment policy during a board meeting on June 26, 2014. The policy change was proposed by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick, who believes that corporal punishment placed teachers and other staff members in difficult situations. Wyrosdick noted after the vote that many district parents still support the option for corporal punishment. Local activist James McNulty, the founder of Floridians Against Corporal Punishment in Public Schools, supported the policy change as the start of a larger campaign. McNulty has stated that his group will lobby state legislators to follow the district's example by eliminating corporal punishment across Florida.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[9]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Santa Rosa County will vote on races for county commission seats. Voters will also decide on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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