Sarasota County Schools elections (2014)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
School Board badge.png
2014 Sarasota County Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Florida
Sarasota County Schools
Sarasota County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
Flag of Florida.png

Three seats on the Sarasota 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. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Bridget Ziegler ran against challengers Velton Hodges, Ken Marsh and Paul J. Schafer for the District 1 seat. No candidate received 50 percent of the vote, so Marsh and Ziegler, the top two vote-getters, advanced to the runoff election that was held on November 4, 2014. Ziegler triumphed over Marsh in that race. The District 4 race included incumbent Shirley Brown and challenger Helen Wolff. Brown won re-election. Jane Goodwin won re-election to the District 5 seat, defeating challenger Randy McLendon.[1]

About the district

See also: Sarasota County Schools, Florida
Sarasota County Schools is located in Sarasota County, Florida
Sarasota County Schools is based in Sarasota, the county seat of Sarasota County, Florida. Sarasota County is home to 390,429 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] During the 2011-2012 school year, Sarasota County Schools was the 19th-largest school district in Florida and served 41,083 students.[3]

Demographics

Sarasota County outperformed the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.9 percent of Sarasota 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 Sarasota County was $48,900 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Sarasota County was 11.6 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Sarasota County (%) Florida (%)
White 91.7 78.1
Black or African American 5.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 1.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 23.6

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 117,178
Democratic 84,602
Other 70,913
Total 272,693

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Sarasota County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat and represents the entire district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014, if 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 ran 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 was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Runoff election
Sarasota County Schools, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBridget Ziegler Incumbent 50.9% 69,791
     Nonpartisan Ken Marsh 49.1% 67,409
Total Votes 137,200
Source: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, "General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 4, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.
General election
Sarasota County Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Marsh 40.6% 20,293
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBridget Ziegler Incumbent 36.8% 18,381
     Nonpartisan Paul J. Schafer 14.5% 7,253
     Nonpartisan Velton Hodges 8% 4,002
Total Votes 49,929
Source: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Sarasota County Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Brown Incumbent 66.4% 33,578
     Nonpartisan Helen Wolff 33.6% 16,963
Total Votes 50,541
Source: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Sarasota County Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJane Goodwin Incumbent 70.4% 34,594
     Nonpartisan Randy McLendon 29.6% 14,517
Total Votes 49,111
Source: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $161,748.64 and spent a total of $111,840.23 during the election, according to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[6]

District 1

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $72,757.66 and spent a total of $60,362.46.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Velton Hodges $2,000.00 $1,836.54 $163.46
Ken Marsh $33,121.67 $29,512.46 $3,609.21
Paul J. Schafer $10,100.00 $9,811.29 $288.71
Bridget Ziegler $27,535.99 $19,202.17 $8,333.82
District 4

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $54,947.74 and spent a total of $25,226.34.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Shirley Brown $24,460.00 $18,512.01 $5,947.99
Helen Wolff $30,487.74 $6,714.33 $23,773.41
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $34,043.24 and spent a total of $26,251.43.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jane Goodwin $27,260.00 $20,038.92 $7,221.08
Randy McLendon $6,783.24 $6,212.51 $570.73

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[8]

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

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Sarasota County voted on races for county commission seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Sarasota + County + Schools + Florida"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Sarasota County Schools News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

BP-Initials-UPDATED.png
Suggest a link

References