Turlock Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Turlock Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Turlock Unified School District
Stanislaus County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Turlock Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. The Trustee Area 4 race was taken off the ballot after only incumbent Bob Weaver filed seeking re-election. Deborah Martin defeated Tami Harrill-Muniz for the Trustee Area 2 seat, while Joe Lewis defeated Jennifer Carter for the Trustee Area 6 seat.

About the district

Turlock Unified School District is located in Stanislaus County, California
Turlock Unified School District is located in Stanislaus County in Turlock, California. It is located in the 16th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Turlock is home to 68,549 residents.[1]

Demographics

Turlock underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of the population living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.9% of Turlock residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Turlock was $50,862 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Turlock was 15.2% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Turlock (%) California (%)
White 69.8 57.6
Black or African American 1.7 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 5.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.4
Two or More Races 5.0 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 36.4 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 92,788 40.02
Republican 90,002 38.82
Green 698 0.30
Libertarian 1,144 0.49
American Independent 6,442 2.78
Peace and Freedom 682 0.29
Unaffiliated 37,663 16.24
Other 2,437 1.05

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

Turlock Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the geographic areas of the district. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four 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 four remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Trustee Area 2
Trustee Area 4
Trustee Area 6

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Deborah Martin, Jennifer Carter and Bob Weaver were elected to the TUSD Board of Education.

Turlock Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 2 General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Martin 62.6% 694
     Nonpartisan Tami Harrill-Muniz 37.4% 414
Total Votes 1,108
Source: Stanislaus County Elections, "Governing Board Member; Turlock Unified School District," accessed December 13, 2013

Bob Weaver was unopposed for the Trustee Area 4 position on the TUSD Board of Education.

Turlock Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 6 General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Carter 66.4% 511
     Nonpartisan Joe Lewis 33.6% 258
Total Votes 769
Source: Stanislaus County Elections, "Governing Board Member; Turlock Unified School District," accessed December 13, 2013

Endorsements

Turlock Teacher's Association officially endorsed Deborah Martin. Jennifer Carter received official endorsements from Turlock Teachers Assocation (TTA), Latino Community Roundtable (LCR),Stanislaus County Republican Party, Amy Bublak, and Turlock City Councilmember Ben Culala.[6]

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorders Office.

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, four seats on the Turlock Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Frank M. Lima, Eileen Hamilton, Grady L. Welch and Harinder Grewal defeated two challengers.

Turlock Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFrank M. Lima 22.5% 3,822
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Hamilton 22.2% 3,770
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGrady L. Welch 17.2% 2,917
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarinder Grewal 15.6% 2,646
     Nonpartisan Andrew Johnson 14.2% 2,409
     Nonpartisan Miguel A. Galvez 8.3% 1,412
Total Votes 16,976
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Turlock Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 24, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Tami Harrill-Muniz ran an opposed race in Trustee Area 2 while incumbent Bob Weaver ran an unopposed campaign in Trustee Area 4.

Issues

Common Core implementation

Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees received the first monthly updates on the progress each month from district office staff on October 19, 2013. In October 2013, Director of Professional Development Kea Willett announced the district would begin to use a three pronged approach to implementation through training, including volunteer workshops from local and regional education organizations. Trainings were held for school site teacher-leaders and subject specific training in areas such as language arts and math. There was also Common Core Standards training for all teachers in the district. The district wide training began on November 2, 2013 and was completed on November 23, 2013.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Modesto City Schools election in 2013:[8]

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 Stanislaus County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for Irrigation Districts.[9]

See also

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