School Board of Highlands County elections (2014)

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2014 School Board of Highlands County 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
School Board of Highlands County
Highlands County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the School Board of Highlands County were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determines if candidates for each seat can 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 advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

The District 1 race featured incumbent Ronnie L. Jackson and challengers Charlene Edwards and Al Joe Hinson. Since neither Jackson nor Edwards was able to garner 50 percent plus one of the vote, they will face each other in the runoff election in November. Five newcomers ran for the District 5 seat previously held by Andy Tuck, who left the board to serve on the Florida State Board of Education. Jill Compton and Clinton T. Culverhouse will face each other in the runoff election in November. District 4 incumbent William "Bill" Brantley ran for re-election without opposition.

About the district

See also: School Board of Highlands County, Florida
School Board of Highlands County is located in Highlands County, Florida
The School Board of Highlands County is based in Sebring, the county seat of Highlands County, Florida. Highlands County is home to 97,616 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] The School Board of Highlands County is the 35th-largest school district in Florida, serving 11,998 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Highlands County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 15.2 percent of Highlands 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 Highlands County was $35,350 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Highlands County was 19.0 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Highlands County (%) Florida (%)
White 86.0 78.3
Black or African American 10.2 16.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.5 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 18.1 23.2

Party registration, June 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 26,297
Democratic 21,895
Other 12,326
Total 60,518

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 School Board of Highlands County consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014 and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate receives 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

Election results

School Board of Highlands County, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie L. Jackson Incumbent 44.1% 4,285
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlene Edwards 36.7% 3,566
     Nonpartisan Al Joe Hinson 19.2% 1,870
Total Votes 9,721
Source: Highlands 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.


School Board of Highlands County, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill Compton 33.5% 3,488
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngClinton T. Culverhouse 25.3% 2,628
     Nonpartisan William "Tres" Stephenson III 17.2% 1,786
     Nonpartisan Trevor A. Murphy 13.9% 1,445
     Nonpartisan William F. Hutchinson III 10.2% 1,058
Total Votes 10,405
Source: Highlands 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.

Endorsements

No candidates received official endorsements in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $106,303.46 and spent a total of $87,303.56 by August 25, 2014, according to the Highlands County Supervisor of Elections.[5]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $19,202.83 and spent a total of $13,993.66.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Charlene Edwards $8,640.27 $7,399.75
Al Joe Hinson $6,025.18 $3,648.97
Ronnie L. Jackson $4,537.38 $2,944.94

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $1,324.00 and spent a total of $1,300.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
William "Bill" Brantley $1,324.00 $1,300.00

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $85,776.63 and spent a total of $72,009.90.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Jill Compton $22,125.00 $16,876.82
Clinton T. Culverhouse $10,798.06 $10,402.14
William F. Hutchinson III $14,305.00 $11,992.33
Trevor A. Murphy $18,891.00 $16,784.36
William "Tres" Stephenson III $19,657.57 $15,954.25

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

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 will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Highlands County will vote on races for county judge and county commission seats. The November 4, 2014 ballot includes races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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