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|Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 1, 2014|
|Appointed||September 15, 2013|
Wally Rendón ran against six other candidates for four available seats in the general election on April 1, 2014.
|Racine Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Melvin Hargrove Incumbent||18.6%||4,326|
|Nonpartisan||Dennis Wiser Incumbent||17.2%||3,996|
|Nonpartisan||Pamala Handrow Incumbent||17%||3,954|
|Nonpartisan||Wally Rendón Incumbent||14.4%||3,355|
|Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014|
Rendón was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24, 2014 deadline. State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.
Rendón did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Rendón explained his campaign themes for 2014 in an interview with The Journal Times:
What makes you most qualified for a board seat?
24 years experience in law enforcement plus time spent working with nonprofit agencies.
I dealt with lot of students that were falling through the cracks, through the system. That allowed me to kind of have a broader perspective of what impact not having an education does to a student.
Are you familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and do you support or oppose them?
Not familiar with standards.
Do you favor fixing school building components like boilers when they break down or, proactively, when they outlive their life expectancies?
I would support because you’d rather catch it before it completely breaks apart. … You’re really trying to, in the long run, spend a little money now so two or three years down the road you don’t have to spend a lot of money for something you could have repaired and taken care of.
I can’t make a statement now as to we would use this kind of money, that kind of money.
—Journal Times (2014), 
What was at stake?
Rendón, Pamala Handrow, Melvin Hargrove and Dennis Wiser won re-election against Jacqueline Pinager and Henry Perez. Rendón was appointed in September 2013 to replace Gretchen Warner. State law required Rendón to seek election since Warner resigned prior to her last year in office. Hargrove, Handrow and Wiser won full terms while Rendón earned a one-year unexpired term by placing fourth. The leadership of the board was at stake on April 1 as Wiser serves as the board president, Hargrove serves as vice president and Handrow serves as the clerk. Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.
About the districtRacine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents. Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.
Racine underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Racine residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Racine was $38,789 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Racine was 21.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.
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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Wally + Rendon + Racine + School + District"
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- Racine Unified School District, "RUSD Vacant Board Seat to be Filled on Monday," September 13, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Wally Rendon," accessed February 6, 2014
- Journal Times, "Hispanic leader picked as new Unified board member," September 17, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Patricia Meyer on March 25, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Journal Times, "Racine School Board candidates on the issues," March 18, 2014
- Journal Times, "Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election," January 7, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Fineran drops out of Unified board race," March 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Racine, Wisconsin," accessed February 5, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Racine Unified School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Thomas Fineran • Pamala Handrow • Melvin Hargrove • Henry Perez • Jacqueline Pinager • Wally Rendón • Dennis Wiser|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|