Walnut Valley Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Walnut Valley 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
Walnut Valley Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Walnut Valley Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Helen M. Hall, Cindy M. Ruiz and Y. Tony Torng defeated S. Sean Monemi to win the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Walnut Valley Unified School District, California
Walnut Valley Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Walnut Valley Unified School District is located in eastern Los Angeles County in Walnut, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Walnut is home to 29,172 residents.[1]

Demographics

Walnut outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 49.5% of Walnut 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 Walnut was $101,358 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Walnut was 4.9% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Walnut (%) California (%)
White 23.7 57.6
Black or African American 2.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.0
Asian 63.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.5 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Method of board member selection

Walnut Valley 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.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Helen Hall, Cindy M. Ruiz and Y. Tony Torng defeated one challenging candidate for three seats on the WVUSD Board of Education.

Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Hall 27.5% 3,035
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngY. Tony Torng 25.4% 2,795
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCindy M. Ruiz 23.9% 2,631
     Nonpartisan S. Sean Monemi 23.2% 2,558
Total Votes 11,019
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

Helen M. Hall received official endorsements from Carol Herrera and Ron Everett of the Diamond Bar City Council. S. Sean Monemi received official endorsements from Walnut Valley Educators Association (WVEA), California Faculty Association-local chapter (CFA), California School Employees Association (CSEA) and LA County Federation of Labor (COPE). Cindy M. Ruiz received official endorsements from all members of the existing Walnut Valley Unified School Board, Mayor of Diamond Bar Ron Everett, Mayor of Walnut Tony Cartagena and city council members from Diamond Bar, West Covina and Walnut. Y. Tony Torng received official endorsements from Congressman Ed. Royce, Congresswoman Judy Chu, LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, five members of the Walnut Valley Unified School Board and CA State Assemblyman Curt Hagman.[6]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, two candidates Phillip Chen and Larry L. Redinger defeated one challenger for two seats on the Walnut Valley Unified School Board.

Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Chen 42.6% 3,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry L. Redinger 36.2% 2,649
     Nonpartisan Ben Yip 21.2% 1,548
Total Votes 7,318
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Walnut Valley Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 29, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent President Helen M. Hall and incumbent board clerk Cindy M. Ruiz filed seeking re-election.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Walnut Valley Unified School District election in 2013:[7]

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.[8]

See also

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