Simon Campbell

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Simon Campbell
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Board member, Pennsbury School District
Former Board Member
Term ends
2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
Term limitsN/A
Websites
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Simon Campbell was a Region 1 member of the Pennsbury school board. He was initially elected in 2009 and lost re-election on November 5, 2013.

Elections

2013

See also: Pennsbury School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Campell ran for a Region 1 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Susan Simon, Debra Wachspress, and Joshua L. Waldorf.

Results

Pennsbury School District, Region 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Wachspress 26.6% 3,154
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua L. Waldorf 25.4% 3,009
     Republican Simon Campbell Incumbent 24.5% 2,904
     Republican Susan Simon 23.5% 2,781
Total Votes 11,848
Source: Bucks County Election Results, "School District - Pennsbury School District SD," accessed December 24, 2013


Pennsbury School District Region 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSimon Campbell 29.9% 808
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Simon 28.5% 769
     Republican Joshua L. Waldorf 20.5% 554
     Republican Debra Wachpress 21.1% 569
Total Votes 2,700
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


Pennsbury School District Region 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua L. Waldorf 44.3% 1,060
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Wachpress 42% 1,005
     Democrat Simon Campbell 7.9% 188
     Democrat Susan Simon 5.8% 139
Total Votes 2,392
Source: "Bucks County Elections," "Municipal Primary of Tuesday, May 21, 2013," accessed September 24, 2013


Campaign finance

Campbell reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[1]

Endorsements

Campbell was endorsed by The Lower Makefield and Yardley Republican Committee.[2]

2009

Pennsbury School District Region 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSimon Campbell 30.5% 3,613
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen D. Zawacki 29.3% 3,475
     Democrat Colleen Klcok 21.6% 2,564
     Democrat Jonathan Shain 18.6% 2,201
Total Votes 11,853
Source: "Bucks County Election Results," "Municipal Election, November 3, 2009," accessed September 25, 2013

Campaign themes

Campbell's campaign focused on his track record three years of zero percent school tax increases, his endorsement by parents in the district, quality education, and property values.[3]

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Pennsbury School District were at stake in the upcoming election, including board President Allan Weisel's seat. Simon Campbell was the only incumbent running for re-election.

Issues

Campbell received some heat in May 2013 after he posted the results of a fact-finding report on his personal website before a waiting period had been lifted. The report was in relation to contract negotiations between the Pennsbury School District and its teachers union, a dispute dating back to the last contract’s expiration in 2010. Campbell released a four-minute video on his website to excoriate the report’s recommendations, which he believed were overly favorable toward the union. In a press release he sent announcing his release of the report, he denounced the fact-finder appointed by the state as an “opinion-finder” and said he had no right to tell the board to keep the report private. School Board President Allan Wiesel condemned Campbell for releasing the report and emphasized that he was acting on his own accord, not on behalf of the board.[4]

About the district

See also: Pennsbury School District, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Pennsbury School District serves Falls Township, Lower Makefield Township and Yardley, as well as portions of Morrisville, Newtown and Tullytown in Bucks County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The county has a population of 627,053.[5]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.4%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Bucks County (34.7%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Bucks County is $76,019 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Bucks County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 90.1 83.5
Black or African American 3.9 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.3 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.6 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 50.0 48.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.1 48.3
2000 46.3

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.[7]

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