Timothy S. Kerr

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Timothy S. Kerr
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Board member, North Penn School District, At-Large
Member
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2001
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCollege of Wooster
J.D.Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUS Navy, Office of General Counsel
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Timothy Kerr is an at-large member of the North Penn school board. He was initially elected in 2001 and won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013. Kerr is currently the board vice president.

Elections

See also: North Penn School District elections (2013)

2013

Opposition

Kerr ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Murali Balaji, Josie Charnock, Vincent Sherpinsky, Alex Ryabin, Tina Stoll, Paul Edelman, Jr. and Frank O'Donnell.[1]

Election results

North Penn School District General Election, At-large, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosie Charnock 13.5% 7,913
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy S. Kerr Incumbent 13.4% 7,895
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank O'Donnell Incumbent 13.1% 7,665
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sherpinsky Incumbent 13% 7,626
     Democrat Tina Stoll 12.3% 7,236
     Democrat Paul Edelman, Jr. 12% 7,052
     Democrat Alex Ryabin 11.5% 6,782
     Democrat Murali Balaji 11.1% 6,539
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0% 16
Total Votes 58,724
Source: Montgomery County 2013 General Election Results," accessed December 13, 2013


North Penn School District Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngTina Stoll 22.6% 1,950
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Edelman, Jr. 20.5% 1,764
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Ryabin 18.3% 1,581
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngMurali Balaji 18.1% 1,560
     Democrat Frank O'Donnell 5.8% 499
     Democrat Vincent Sherpinsky 4.8% 414
     Democrat Timothy S. Kerr 4.9% 426
     Democrat Josie Charnock 5% 430
Total Votes 8,624
Source: "The Knight Crier," "School Board Primary Election Results," accessed September 19, 2013


North Penn School District Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy S. Kerr 20.1% 2,239
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrank O'Donnell 18.4% 2,049
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sherpinsky 18.3% 2,036
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJosie Charnock 17.7% 1,968
     Republican Tina Stoll 9.2% 1,025
     Republican Paul Edelman, Jr. 6.9% 774
     Republican Alex Ryabin 4.8% 536
     Republican Murali Balaji 4.7% 521
Total Votes 11,148
Source: "The Knight Crier," "School Board Primary Election Results," accessed September 19, 2013


Funding

Kerr reported no contributions or expenditures to the Montgomery County Voter Services department.[2]

Endorsements

Kerr was endorsed by the Lansdale Republican Club.[3]

2009

North Penn School District General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngFrank O'Donnell 23.6% 12,509
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Sherpinsky 22.8% 12,059
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Kerr 15.2% 8,063
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Sullivan 15% 7,945
     Democrat Alex Ryabin 12.5% 6,635
     Democrat Donald Litman 10.7% 5,668
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0% 25
Total Votes 52,904
Source: "Montgomery County, PA," "2009 General Election" accessed September 20, 2013

Campaign themes

Kerr identified the following campaign themes:[4]

Top priorities

"I strongly believe in giving back to the community and that serves as my principal reason for seeking re-election. I am an effective listener, a quick study on the issues and I am unafraid to share my concerns with the District administration without micromanaging the educational process. My experience on the Board will permit me to continue to serve with no attendant learning curve.

Over the past twelve years, the Board has been able to work together in a consistent manner to move the District forward. We have improved academic results and the District infrastructure without significantly increasing taxes. Over the last decade, North Penn has averaged one of the lowest property tax increases in the county. And, we continued our upward trend for overall achievement results, with students' scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment ("PSSA") reaching record levels for math, reading and science. In addition, as a result of our efforts to update the curriculum, raise standards, and improve teacher training, we have been able to increase student achievement at all levels, and for all sub-groups.

But there is more work to do. With a flat revenue stream and expected, significant increases for the employee retirement contribution and medical costs, it will be very difficult to maintain the diverse programs that the District now provides.

Fostering a partnership with the District staff, professional and otherwise, will be critical. I believe that I bring a reasoned, responsible approach to achieving that goal.

I promise to strive for continued academic improvement, the nurturing of a safe and respectful environment for our students and the continued responsible stewardship of the taxpayers' hard earned money."


Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Four seats on the North Penn School District school board were at stake, including president Vincent Sherpinsky's seat and Kerr's vice president seat. Incumbents Kerr, Vincent Sherpinsky, and Frank O'Donnell ran for re-election. The new board will continue to address the ongoing charter school debate.

About the district

See also: North Penn School District, Pennsylvania
North Penn School District services areas in Montgomery County
North Penn School District serves the municipalities of North Wales Borough, Lansdale Borough, Hatfield Borough, Upper Gwynedd Township, Towamencin Township, Montgomery Township, and Hatfield Township in Montgomery County. Montgomery County is home to 808,460 residents.[5]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (92.9%) is higher than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also higher in Montgomery County (44.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Montgomery County is $78,446 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Montgomery County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 81.9 83.5
Black or African American 9.1 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.3
Asian 6.9 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.6 42.3
2008 60.0 39.0
2004 55.6 44.0
2000 53.4 43.8


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.[7]

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