School District of Osceola County elections (2014)

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2014 School District of Osceola County Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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School District of Osceola County
Osceola County, Florida ballot measures
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Three seats on the Osceola County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat can garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate had received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients would have advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. However, no runoff elections were necessary.

Jay Wheeler faced and defeated challenger Leah H. Carius in District 1. The District 4 race featured incumbent Barbara R. Horn who lost to challenger Clarence L. Thacker. Ricky Booth, Wade Davis, Lynn Dower and Linda B. Oliverio were running to replace Tom Long, who did not file for re-election in District 5. Booth won the open seat.

About the district

See also: School District of Osceola County, Florida
School District of Osceola County is located in Osceola County, Florida
School District of Osceola County is based in Kissimmee, the county seat of Osceola County, Florida. Osceola County is home to 298,504 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] School District of Osceola County is the 14th-largest school district in Florida, serving 54,783 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Osceola County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.5 percent of Osceola 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 Osceola County was $44,887 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Osceola County was 16.0 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Osceola County (%) Florida (%)
White 80.3 78.1
Black or African American 13.1 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 0.5
Asian 3.0 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 48.6 23.6

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 69,598
Unaffiliated 48,109
Republican 41,552
Other 3,989
Total 163,248

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 Osceola County School Board 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.

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.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

School District of Osceola County, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJay Wheeler Incumbent 51.8% 2,142
     Nonpartisan Leah H. Carius 48.2% 1,990
Total Votes 4,132
Source: Osceola County Supervisor of Elections, "August 26, 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 Osceola County, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngClarence L. Thacker 56.8% 2,342
     Nonpartisan Barbara R. Horn Incumbent 43.2% 1,781
Total Votes 4,123
Source: Osceola County Supervisor of Elections, "August 26, 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 Osceola County, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRicky Booth 57.1% 2,901
     Nonpartisan Wade Davis 17.2% 874
     Nonpartisan Linda B. Oliverio 16.4% 834
     Nonpartisan Lynn Dower 9.3% 474
Total Votes 5,083
Source: Osceola County Supervisor of Elections, "August 26, 2014, 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 $176,645.25 and spent a total of $149,050.68 during the election, according to the Osceola County Supervisor of Elections. 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 $86,058.21 and spent a total of $78,524.99.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Leah H. Carius $13,888.21 $12,629.12 $1,259.09
Jay Wheeler $72,170.00 $65,895.87 $6,274.13
District 4

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $44,458.02 and spent a total of $35,417.54.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Barbara R. Horn $8,153.78 $6,388.70 $1,765.08
Clarence L. Thacker $36,304.24 $29,028.84 $7,275.4
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $46,129.02 and spent a total of $35,108.15.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ricky Booth $34,923.08 $25,968.96 $8,954.12
Wade Davis $3,449.05 $3,046.87 $402.18
Lynn Dower $5,431.89 $4,454.79 $977.10
Linda B. Oliverio $2,325.00 $1,637.53 $687.47

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[5]

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

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 Osceola County will vote on races for county commission and county judge 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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