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Torrance Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Torrance Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Torrance Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Torrance Unified School District were up for district wide elections to be held on November 5, 2013. Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers defeated John Paul Tabakian for three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Torrance Unified School District, California
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Torrance Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California in Torrance, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 145,438 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Torrance (%) California (%)
White 51.1 57.6
Black or African American 2.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 34.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.4
Two or More Races 5.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 16.1 37.6


Torrance outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Torrance was $75,885 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 43.7% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Torrance was 7.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 92.5% of Torrance residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

Torrance Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[6]




Election results

On November 5, 2013, Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers were re-elected to the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education.

Torrance Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Deutsch 27.4% 5,657
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Steffen 26.9% 5,554
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Patrick Wermers 23.7% 4,886
     Nonpartisan John Paul Tabakian 21.9% 4,524
Total Votes 20,621
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013


No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.


Martha Deutsch has received official endorsements from CA Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, Mayor of Manhattan Beach Amy Howorth and Dee Hardison President of the Torrance Education Foundation. Michael Patrick Wermers has been officially endorsed by Torrance mayor Frank Scotto and Dee Hardison. John Paul Tabakian has received official endorsements from 66th Assembly District Republican Party Central Committee, California School Employees Association Chapter 845, Service Employee Union - Local 99 and other local organizations. Mark Steffen was endorsed by Service Employee Union - Local 99, California School Employees Association Chapter 845, and Democratic 66th Assembly District Committee.[7]

Past elections


On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Torrance Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Don Lee and Terry L. Ragins were the only two candidates that filed seeking election and won an uncontested election.[8]

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Martha Deutsch, Mark Steffen and Michael Patrick Wermers filed seeking re-election and were opposed by one challenging candidate, John Paul Tabakian.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Torrance Unified School District election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[10]

See also

External links

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  1. US Census Bureau, "Torrance, California Quick Facts" accessed October 23, 2013
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  3. US Census Bureau, "Torrance, California Quick Facts" accessed October 23, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  6. Torrance Unified, "BYLAWS OF THE BOARD" accessed October 23, 2013
  7. SmartVoter.org, "Governing Board Member; Torrance Unified School District Voter Information," accessed October 23, 2013
  8. SmartVoter.org, "School Contests for Los Angeles County, CA," accessed October 23, 2013
  9. [http://www.lavote.net/voter/PDFS/CALENDAR_EVENTS/11052013.pdf LA Votes, "TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS " accessed October 23, 2013