Schenectady City School District elections (2014)

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2014 Schenectady City School District Elections

General Election date:
May 20, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
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New York
Schenectady City School District
Schenectady County, New York ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New York
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Three seats on the Schenectady City School District Board of Education were up for general election on May 20, 2014. Incumbent Cheryl Nechamen, newcomer Tanya Hall and write-in candidate Dharam Hitlall ran unopposed and won the seats.

Fellow incumbent Ron Lindsay did not file for re-election, and no other candidates filed for the third seat vacated by former board member Ed Kosiur in February 2014. The write-in candidate who received the most votes, Dharam Hitlall, won the third seat. If no write-in candidate had received votes, the school board would have decided whether to leave the seat vacant, appoint a new member or hold a special election.[1]

About the district

See also: Schenectady City School District, New York
Schenectady City School District is located in Schenectady County, New York
Schenectady City School District is located in Schenectady County, New York. The county seat of Schenectady County is Schenectady. Schenectady County is home to 155,333 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Schenectady City is the 16th-largest school district in New York, serving 9,821 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

Schenectady County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.6 percent of Schenectady County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Schenectady County was $56,445 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Schenectady County was 12.0 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Schenectady County (%) New York (%)
White 80.9 71.2
Black or African American 10.8 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 4.2 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.1 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Schenectady County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 37,979 38.86
Republican 26,044 26.65
Independent 5,829 5.96
Constitution 3,320 3.40
Working Families 694 0.71
Green 232 0.24
Other 46 0.04
Unaffiliated 23,589 24.14

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 Schenectady City School District Board of Education consists of seven members. All members are elected to three-year terms. Board members are elected at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was on May 20, 2014. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats will be up for election in 2015. Since only two candidates filed for the three seats, the write-in candidate who received the most votes won the third seat. If no write-in candidates had received votes, the school board would have decided whether to leave the seat vacant, appoint a new member or hold a special election.[1]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was April 30, 2014. Candidates had to file nominating petitions with at least 100 legitimate signatures to get on the ballot.[6][7]

Elections

2014

Candidates

At-large

Election results

Schenectady City School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCheryl Nechamen Incumbent 47.7% 981
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTanya Hall 45.4% 934
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDharam Hitlall (Write-in) 6.9% 142
Total Votes 2,057
Source: Schenectady City School District, "Home," accessed May 20, 2014

Endorsements

No candidates received endorsements for their campaigns.

Campaign finance

No candidates filed campaign finance reports with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[8][9]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Schenectady City School District election in 2014:[7]

Deadline Event
April 30, 2014 Last day to file nominating petitions
May 20, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with a budget proposal made by the Schenectady City School District. The 2014-2015 budget proposal totaled up to $164,304,428, which was a 3.14 percent increase from the 2013-2014 budget. Voters approved the budget proposal.[10]

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