Volusia County Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Volusia County Schools Elections

General Election date:
August 26, 2014
Runoff Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Three seats on the Volusia County School Board were up for general election on August 26, 2014. The general election determined if candidates for each seat could garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate received 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.

Larry Candeto, John M. Hill, Don Sarro, Chris Sorensen and Patricia W. Whites were running to replace Candace Lankford, who did not file for the District 1 election. Stan Schmidt was seeking re-election in District 3 against challengers Linda Cuthbert and George Trovato. The District 5 race included incumbent Diane J. Smith and challenger Melody Johnson.

No candidates for the District 1 seat or the District 3 seat received 50 percent of the vote. Candidates John M. Hill and Don Sarro, the top two vote-getters in the District 1 election, and candidates Linda Cuthbert and George Trovato, the top two vote-getters in the District 3 race, advanced to the runoff election, which was held on November 4, 2014. Hill defeated Sarro in the District 1 runoff, and Cuthbert defeated Trovato in the District 3 runoff. Challenger Melody Johnson defeated incumbent Diane J. Smith for the District 5 seat.[1]

About the district

See also: Volusia County Schools, Florida
Volusia County Schools is located in Volusia County, Florida
Volusia County Schools is based in DeLand, the county seat of Volusia County, Florida. Volusia County is home to 500,800 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] During the 2011-2012 school year, Volusia County Schools was the 13th-largest school district in Florida and served 61,524 students.[3]

Demographics

Volusia County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.0 percent of Volusia County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Volusia County was $43,419 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Volusia County was 16.0 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Volusia County (%) Florida (%)
White 84.8 78.1
Black or African American 11.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.7 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 12.0 23.6

Party registration, 2014[4]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 122,048
Republican 110,837
Unaffiliated 82,246
Other 11,370
Total 326,501

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 Volusia County School Board consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Each member represents a specific geographic district. There was a general election on August 26, 2014, and the runoff election took place on November 4, 2014, in races where no candidate received 50 percent or more of the general election vote.

Candidates for the school board filed for the election by June 20, 2014. The county's elections office hosted early voting for the general election at various locations from August 16, 2014, to August 23, 2014. The early voting window for the runoff election ran from October 25, 2014, to November 1, 2014. The last day to request a mailed absentee ballot in the general election was August 20, 2014, and the runoff election deadline was October 29, 2014.

Elections

2014

Candidates

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Candidates defeated in the general election:

Candidates defeated in the general election:

Election results

District 1: Runoff
Volusia County Schools, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn M. Hill 56.3% 18,334
     Nonpartisan Don Sarro 43.7% 14,258
Total Votes 32,592
Source: Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Official Results," accessed December 23, 2014
District 3: Runoff
Volusia County Schools, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Cuthbert 63.3% 23,230
     Nonpartisan George Trovato 36.7% 13,465
Total Votes 36,695
Source: Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Official Results," accessed December 23, 2014
District 1: General
Volusia County Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn M. Hill 33.9% 5,564
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDon Sarro 19.6% 3,222
     Nonpartisan Larry Candeto 18.3% 3,000
     Nonpartisan Patricia W. Whites 16.8% 2,764
     Nonpartisan Chris Sorensen 11.4% 1,866
Total Votes 16,416
Source: Volusia County Department of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," September 2, 2014
District 3: General
Volusia County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Cuthbert 46.4% 7,167
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Trovato 29.2% 4,514
     Nonpartisan Stan Schmidt Incumbent 24.4% 3,773
Total Votes 15,454
Source: Volusia County Department of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," September 2, 2014
District 5: General
Volusia County Schools, District 5 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelody Johnson 52.4% 5,422
     Nonpartisan Diane J. Smith Incumbent 47.6% 4,924
Total Votes 10,346
Source: Volusia County Department of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," September 2, 2014

Endorsements

District 1

Larry Candeto, Don Sarro, Chris Sorensen and Patricia W. Whites did not receive any endorsements.

John M. Hill was endorsed by Orange City Mayor Tom Laputka, the Volusia Building Industry Association and the Voulsia County Republican Party.[6]

District 3

Linda Cuthbert was endorsed by the Florida Alliance of Retired Persons and Florida AFSCME Retirees Political Education Committee.[7]

Stan Schmidt was endorsed by the New Smyrna Board of Realtors and the Volusia Builders Industry Association.[8]

George Trovato did not receive any endorsements.

District 5

Incumbent Diane J. Smith was endorsed by former Deltona City Commissioner Joe Perez.[9]

Melody Johnson received an endorsement from the Personhood Florida ProLife PAC.[10]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $116,298.90 and spent a total of $74,332.56 during the election, according to the Volusia County Supervisor of Elections' office. The following totals are based on reports available as of August 26, 2014.[11]

District 1

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $52,181.14 and spent a total of $36,158.34.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Larry Candeto $4,355.92 $3,800.21 $555.71
John M. Hill $23,541.26 $12,491.00 $11,050.26
Don Sarro $20,339.25 $16,188.10 $4,151.15
Chris Sorensen $2,400.00 $2,186.92 $213.08
Patricia W. Whites $1,544.71 $1,492.11 $52.6
District 3

In the District 3 race, candidates received a total of $43,963.60 and spent a total of $23,374.49.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Linda Cuthbert $14,524.91 $8,549.43 $5,975.48
Stan Schmidt $21,022.69 $9,491.21 $11,531.48
George Trovato $8,416.00 $5,333.85 $3,082.15
District 5

In the District 5 race, candidates received a total of $20,154.16 and spent a total of $14,799.73.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Melody Johnson $4,859.05 $4,282.44 $576.61
Diane J. Smith $15,295.11 $10,517.29 $4,777.82

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the school board election in 2014:[12]

Deadline Event
June 20, 2014 Last day of candidate filing period
August 16, 2014 First day of early voting in general election
August 20, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for general election
August 23, 2014 Last day of early voting in general election
August 26, 2014 General election day
October 25, 2014 First day of early voting in runoff election
October 29, 2014 Last day to request mailed absentee ballot for runoff election
November 1, 2014 Last day of early voting in runoff election
November 4, 2014 Runoff election day

Additional elections on the ballot

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Area residents voted on county and statewide races on November 4, 2014. Residents of Volusia County voted on races for county commission seats. Voters decided on a statewide ballot measure to amend the state constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana. The November 4, 2014, ballot included races for state legislature, state executive and U.S. House seats.

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