Sean Bookout

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Sean Bookout
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Former candidate for
Board member, Bellflower Unified School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolMayfair High School
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ProfessionPolice officer
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Sean Bookout was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Trustees that was defeated in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Sean Bookout is a police officer that has lived in the Bellflower area for 40 years. He attended and graduated from Mayfair High School in the BUSD. Sean is the father of three children that attend schools in the district.

Elections

2013

See also: Bellflower Unified School District elections (2013)

Sean Bookout ran against five other candidates including incumbents Laura Sanchez-Ramirez and Paul L. Helzer for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Laura Sanchez-Ramirez, Sue S. Elhessen and Paul L. Helzer defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the BUSD Board of Education.

Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSue S. Elhessen 19.5% 1,268
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Sanchez-Ramirez Incumbent 19.2% 1,250
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul L. Helzer Incumbent 17.6% 1,145
     Nonpartisan Sean Bookout 15.6% 1,014
     Nonpartisan Ted Edmiston 15.1% 984
     Nonpartisan Angelia Parrish 13% 844
Total Votes 6,505
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Bookout did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Sean Bookout received official endorsements from Cerritos College Board of Trustee members John Paul Drayer and Marisa Perez.[2]

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Jerry L. Cleveland and Debra "Debbie" Cuadros defeated four challengers. One two year term was also up for election on the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education. Candidate Donald McMackin defeated Clifton "Cliff" Philips in the election.

Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerry L. Cleveland 31.2% 1,136
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebra "Debbie" Cuadros 29.1% 1,061
     Nonpartisan Jerry Trautman 22.5% 821
     Nonpartisan Richard Downing 17.2% 625
     Nonpartisan Alejandro "Alex" Salazar 0% 0
     Nonpartisan Sean H. Bookout 0% 0
Total Votes 3,643
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Bellflower Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 6, 2013

What was at stake?

Three positions on the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Education including the President's position were at stake on the November 5, 2013 ballot. Incumbents Paul L. Helzer and Laura Sanchez-Ramirez filed for re-election.

Issues

Textbook theft ring

On September 5, 2013, thirteen school district employees from the Los Angeles Unified, Bellflower Unified, Inglewood Unified and Lynwood Unified school districts were indicted on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes. These charges stem from an investigation which revealed Corey Frederick and the operators of "Doorkeeper Textz" would bribe these school district employees in exchange for textbooks acquired from the school districts. The textbooks were then sold back to the school districts or through online outlets such as Amazon or Bookbyte. A now retired Bellflower Unified warehouse supervisor Vincent Browning has been accused of accepting $47,728 in bribes.[3]

About the district

See also: Bellflower Unified School District, California
Bellflower Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Bellflower Unified School District is located in Southern Los Angeles County, California in Bellflower, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 77,356 residents.[4]

Demographics

Bellflower outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, but underperforms when measured on percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree and median household income. The median household income in Bellflower was $50,244 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 17.4% of Bellflower residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Bellflower was 13.4% compared to 14.4% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Bellflower (%) California (%)
White 42.2 57.6
Black or African American 14.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 11.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.8 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 52.3 37.6

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