School District of Lee County elections (2014)

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2014 School District of Lee County 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
School District of Lee County
Lee County, Florida ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Florida
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Three seats on the Lee County School Board 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. Because no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in District 4, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Mary Fischer sought and won re-election to the District 1 seat against Marilyn Stout. The District 4 race featured incumbent Don H. Armstrong and challengers Arvella Clare, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber. Teuber and Armstrong advanced to the runoff election.

Pam LaRiviere and Carla Ronco ran to replace Thomas Scott, who did not file for re-election. LaRiviere won the open seat.

About the district

See also: School District of Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is located in Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is based in Fort Myers, the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Lee County is home to 661,115 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] School District of Lee County is the ninth-largest school district in Florida, serving 83,895 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Lee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.6 percent of Lee 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 Lee County was $48,453 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Lee County was 14.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Lee County (%) Florida (%)
White 87.2 78.1
Black or African American 9.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.6 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 169,219
Other 115,181
Democratic 114,193
Total 398,593

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Lee 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, for 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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  • Mary Fischer Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of South Florida
    • Former school counselor
  • Marilyn Stout
    • Former board member, Cape Coral Charter School Authority and Lee Memorial Health System Board of Directors

  • Don H. Armstrong Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Manager for a local plumbing company
  • Arvella Clare
    • Graduate, Bethune Cookman College and Florida A&M University
  • Richard L. Dunmire
  • Steve Teuber Green check mark transparent.png
    • Former board member, 2002-2010
    • Graduate, Kettering University, Baldwin-Wallace University and Detroit College of Law
    • Attorney

Election results

School District of Lee County, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Fischer Incumbent 56.2% 44,322
     Nonpartisan Marilyn Stout 43.8% 34,539
Total Votes 78,861
Source: Lee 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 District of Lee County, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Teuber 33.8% 26,278
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDon H. Armstrong Incumbent 29.3% 22,799
     Nonpartisan Richard L. Dunmire 19.1% 14,851
     Nonpartisan Arvella Clare 17.8% 13,822
Total Votes 77,750
Source: Lee 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 District of Lee County, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPam LaRiviere 56.3% 41,149
     Nonpartisan Carla Ronco 43.7% 31,953
Total Votes 73,102
Source: Lee 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

District 4 candidate Steve Teuber received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[5]

District 5 candidate Pam LaRiviere received endorsements from the Island Coast FEA and the Teachers Association of Lee County.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $75,134.09 and spent a total of $36,928.26 by July 23, 2014, according to the Lee County Supervisor of Elections.[7]

In the District 1 race, candidates raised a total of $24,800.66 and spent a total of $6,053.13.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Mary Fischer $5,405.00 $2,582.90
Marilyn Stout $19,395.66 $3,470.23

In the District 4 race, candidates raised a total of $42,206.22 and spent a total of $25,029.86.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Don H. Armstrong $1,850.00 $1,773.17
Arvella Clare $7,561.37 $4,149.13
Richard L. Dunmire $17,757.12 $6,352.77
Steve Teuber $15,037.73 $12,754.79

In the District 5 race, candidates raised a total of $8,127.21 and spent a total of $5,845.27.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures
Pam LaRiviere $3,420.00 $2,929.03
Carla Ronco $4,707.21 $2,916.24

Past elections

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

Teacher's lawsuit against governor, education commissioner

Tom Faasse, a teacher at East Lee County High School, filed a lawsuit in July 2014 against Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart claiming that recent education legislation was unconstitutional. The lawsuit, supported by the Florida Education Association (FEA), argued that an amendment expanding school vouchers was bundled with previously rejected amendments in a bill passed by the Florida State Legislature in May 2014. State law requires that each bill approved by the legislature only deals with a single issue. The governor's office countered that the bill was necessary to provide flexibility for students located in struggling schools. The lawsuit was not resolved, as of July 25, 2014.[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 Lee 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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