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Sue S. Elhessen

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Sue S. Elhessen
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Board member, Bellflower Unified School District, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Sue S. Elhessen is an at-large member of the Bellflower Unified School District Board of Trustees in California. She first won election to the seat on November 5, 2013.


Elhessen is an education management consultant, contractor, and online faculty member for the University of Phoenix. She is a former member of the California State Independent Living Council and also served as a career counselor for the Bellflower Unified School District. Elhessen earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California.[1]



See also: Bellflower Unified School District elections (2013)

Elhessen 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.[2]

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


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


Elhessen received official endorsements from the Bellflower Teachers Association, the Bellflower Chapter of California School Employees Association (CSEA) and Bellflower Mayor Pro-tem Sonny R. Santa Ines.[3]

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.


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.[4]

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.[5]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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

See also

Bellflower Unified School District, California
Bellflower Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

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