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Scranton School District elections (2013)

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2013 Scranton School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Pennsylvania
Scranton School District
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Five seats were up for election on the Scranton Board of Education. Six candidates were seeking four seats with full terms. There was an unexpired two-year term with two candidates including an incumbent who was listed for both seats.

About the district

See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District is located in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Scranton School District serves K-12 students in Scranton, the county seat of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. Scranton had a population of 76,089 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with bachelor's degrees (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Scranton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 84.1 81.9
Black or African American 5.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.2
Asian 3 2.7
Two or More Races 2.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 9.9 5.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered voters, Lackawanna County  % of Total
Republican 38,440 26.2
Democratic 95,036 64.8
Libertarian 529 0.4
Other 12,600 8.6

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Scranton Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was a primary on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Five seats including an unexpired two-year term were on the ballot in 2013 and five seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Candidates running in the May primary were required to file nominating petitions with the Lackawanna County Board of Elections by March 12, 2013. The last day for candidates nominated in the primary to withdraw from the ballot was August 12, 2013. Voters could register for the general election through October 7, 2013. The Board of Elections allowed voters to request civilian absentee ballots until October 29, 2013 and accepted these ballots until November 1, 2013.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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Democratic Party Robert Casey

  • Attending, East Stroudsbourg University
  • Customer service, Gerrity's Supermarket

Democratic Party Mark McAndrew

  • Graduate, Culinary Institute of America
  • Culinary arts instructor, Lackawanna Career Technology Center

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Cy Douaihy

  • Incumbent
  • Retired educator
  • Adjunct instructor, University of Scranton

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Bob Sheridan

  • Incumbent
  • Owner, D&S Auto Sales
  • Retired police officer

Republican Party Bob Lesh

  • Incumbent
  • Bus driver, County of Lackawanna Transit System

Republican Party Carol Oleski

  • Paraprofessional, Northeast Educational Intermediate Unit (NEIU)

Democratic Party Kyle Donahue

  • Graduate, Temple University
  • Political consultant

Republican Party Bob Lesh

  • Incumbent
  • Bus driver, County of Lackawanna Transit System

Election results

Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 19.9% 9,014
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 19% 8,627
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 18.4% 8,354
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 16.9% 7,648
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 13.1% 5,938
     Republican Carol Oleski 12.2% 5,546
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.5% 240
Total Votes 45,367
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]


Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngKyle Donahue 62.2% 8,977
     Republican Bob Lesh Incumbent 37.4% 5,390
Total Votes 14,423
Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]

Campaign Finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[5]

Endorsements

The Times-Tribune endorsed Cy Douaihy and Mark McAndrew ahead of the November 5, 2013 general election.[6]

Primary

Scranton School District, Democratic Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Casey 12% 4,272
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 11% 3,900
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 10.6% 3,773
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark McAndrew 10.5% 3,727
     Democratic Bob Lesh Incumbent 9.8% 3,495
     Democratic Carol Oleski 8.4% 2,984
     Democratic Tom Schuster 8.2% 2,925
     Democratic Tom Borthwick 8.1% 2,872
     Democratic James J. Timlin 7% 2,492
     Democratic Kevin J. Manley 5.6% 1,980
     Democratic Todd Hartman 5.1% 1,818
     Democratic Douglas J. Miller 3.5% 1,234
     Democratic Write-in votes 0.3% 92
Total Votes 35,564
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections


Scranton School District, Republican Primary, May 21, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Sheridan Incumbent 14.4% 907
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Oleski 12.9% 811
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Lesh Incumbent 11.5% 724
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCy Douaihy Incumbent 10.9% 682
     Republican Mark McAndrew 10.5% 659
     Republican Robert Casey 10.4% 653
     Republican Tom Borthwick 9.6% 604
     Republican James J. Timlin 8.8% 550
     Republican Tom Schuster 8.7% 546
     Republican Write-in votes 2.3% 145
Total Votes 6,281
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections

Past elections

2011

Scranton School District, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNathan C. Barrett 18.1% 8,597
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason A. Shrive 17.7% 8,422
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSean O'Shea 15.4% 7,323
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen M. McGuigan 14.9% 7,097
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLyn Ruane 14.7% 7,009
     Republican Bill Fox 10.4% 4,949
     Republican James J. Timlin 8.8% 4,177
Total Votes 47,574
Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections

What was at stake?

Incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by Robert Casey, Mark McAndrew and Carol Oleski in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Kyle Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Bob Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.[7]

Federal lawsuit by suspended principal

On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.[8]

Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.[8]

Key deadlines

The following table lists important dates for the Scranton Board of Education elections:[9]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day to circulate and file nomination petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions
April 22, 2013 Last day to register before primary
May 14, 2013 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
May 17, 2013 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
May 21, 2013 Municipal primary
May 28, 2013 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
August 12, 2013 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
October 7, 2013 Last day to register before the November election
October 29, 2013 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
November 1, 2013 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
November 5, 2013 Municipal election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Scranton Board of Education elections shared the general election ballot with other local and county elections. Voters in Scranton casted ballots for Mayor, Tax Collector and three seats on the City Council. The ballot also included races for Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills and Sheriff. Voters also chose candidates for District Attorney and seats on the Superior Court and Court of Common Pleas.[10]

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