St. Lucie County School Board elections (2014)

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2014 St. Lucie County School Board 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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St. Lucie County School Board
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Three seats on the St. Lucie County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Debbie Johnson Hawley won re-election, defeating David Whittaker for the District 1 seat. District 3 incumbent Donna Maria Mills also won re-election, defeating challengers Jeremy Theisen and Mark Young. District 5 incumbent Troy Ingersoll ran unopposed and won re-election.[1]

About the district

See also: St. Lucie County School Board, Florida
St. Lucie County School Board is located in St. Lucie County, Florida
St. Lucie County School Board is based in Fort Pierce, the county seat of St. Lucie County, Florida. St. Lucie County is home to 286,832 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] St. Lucie County School Board is the 21st-largest school district in Florida, serving 39,444 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

St. Lucie County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.1 percent of St. Lucie 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 St. Lucie County was $43,923 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in St. Lucie County was 16.6 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race St. Lucie County (%) Florida (%)
White 75.4 78.1
Black or African American 20.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 17.2 23.6

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 75,708
Republican 55,652
Unaffiliated 41,398
Other 6,983
Total 179,741

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The St. Lucie 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 and the runoff election takes place on November 4, 2014 if no candidate receives 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.[6]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

St. Lucie County School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Johnson Hawley Incumbent 64% 19,746
     Nonpartisan David Whittaker 36% 11,111
Total Votes 30,857
Source: St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, "Primary Election Unofficial Results," accessed August 26, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


St. Lucie County School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Maria Mills Incumbent 58.3% 18,418
     Nonpartisan Mark Young 21% 6,642
     Nonpartisan Jeremy Theisen 20.7% 6,540
Total Votes 31,600
Source: St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections, "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 3 incumbent Donna Maria Mills and challengers Jeremy Theisen and Mark Young all received endorsements from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $69,852.08 and spent a total of $33,862.66 during the election, according to the St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections office. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[8]

District 1

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $19,157.74 and spent a total of $11,498.42.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Debbie Johnson Hawley $17,057.74 $9,512.97 $7,544.77
David Whittaker $2,100.00 $1,985.45 $114.55
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $32,829.34 and spent a total of $20,457.69.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Donna Maria Mills $20,611.00 $10,453.19 $10,157.81
Jeremy Theisen $8,048.34 $6,487.38 $1,560.96
Mark Young $4,170.00 $3,517.12 $652.88
District 5

In the District 5 race, Ingersoll received a total of $17,865.00 and spent a total of $1,906.55.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Troy Ingersoll $17,865.00 $1,906.55 $15,958.45

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[6]

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

Area residents will vote on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of St. Lucie 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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