Union Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Union Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
February 11, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Oklahoma
Union Public Schools
Tulsa County, Oklahoma ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Oklahoma
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One seat on the Union Public Schools school board was scheduled to be up for general election on February 11, 2014. As of the filing deadline, no candidate had filed for the seat.[1] Board member Scott McDaniel chose not to seek re-election of his seat.

About the district

Union Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Union Public Schools is located in Tulsa County, Oklahoma. The county seat of Tulsa County is Tulsa. According to the United States Census Bureau, Tulsa County is home to 603,403 residents.[2] Union is the 12th-largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 14,931 students during the 2010-11 school year.[3]

Demographics

Tulsa County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5% of Tulsa County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Tulsa County was $47,845 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Tulsa County was 15.4% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Tulsa County (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 74.2 75.5
Black or African American 10.9 7.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 6.5 9.0
Asian 2.5 1.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 5.7 5.8
Hispanic or Latino 11.4 9.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 129,137 37.1
Republican 175,008 50.3
Independent 43,625 12.5

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 Union school board consists of five members elected to five-year terms by geographic electoral districts. There was no primary election and the general election was scheduled to be held on February 11, 2014, however no candidate filed for the seat. The District 5 seat will be on the ballot in 2015.[6] The District 4 member represents the west central portion of the school district.[7]

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 2, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was December 4, 2013 and the deadline to contest a candidacy was December 6, 2013.[8]

Elections

2014

Candidates

District 4

No candidate filed for this seat.[1]

Endorsements

No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[9]

Past elections

What was at stake?

One seat on the school board was scheduled to be up for election on February 11, 2014, however no candidate filed for the District 4 seat. The election also had two bond proposals on the ballot. Both were approved.[1][11]

Issues in the district

Witchcraft allegation

In 2000, Brandi Blackbear, a student at Union Intermediate High School, was suspended for allegedly casting a hex on a teacher that caused him to fall ill. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a $10 million lawsuit against the district on her behalf, stating that "casting a spell" was not sufficient grounds for suspension. The case also stated that the district violated her rights by taking her notebook used to write horror stories and prohibiting her from expressing her interest in Wicca. Joann Bell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma said, "I for one would like to see the so-called evidence this school has that a 15-year-old girl made a grown man sick by casting a magic spell." The district alleged that Blackbear was summoned to Assistant Principal Charlie Bushyhead's because she was "disrupting the education process." She had been suspended once before for such reasons. Blackbear and the ACLU eventually dropped the lawsuit.[12][13]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Union Public Schools election in 2014:[8][14]

Deadline Event
December 2, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
December 4, 2013 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
December 6, 2013 Last day to contest a candidacy
February 1, 2014 Last day to file first campaign finance report
February 11, 2014 Election day
March 23, 2014 Last day to file second campaign finance report
April 1, 2014 Runoff election (if necessary)
August 21, 2014 Last day to file final campaign finance report

Additional elections on the ballot

There were propositions on the ballot in this election. Proposition 1 is aimed at upholding an $18,830,000 bond for the purpose of constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture and other such costs. Proposition 2 is for a $2,170,000 bond for the purpose of purchasing transportation equipment.[15] Both Propositions were approved in the election.[11]

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