Washoe County School District elections (2014)

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2014 Washoe County School District Elections

Primary Election date:
June 10, 2014
General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What's at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Nevada
Washoe County School District
Washoe County, Nevada ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Nevada
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Three seats on the Washoe County Board of Trustees are up for general election on November 4, 2014. A primary election was held on June 10, 2014 to narrow the field to two candidates for each seat. John R. Mayer is running for re-election to the District B seat without opposition. District C incumbent Barbara Clark and Nick Smith defeated Carlos Cardoso in the primary. Jim Shaw and Veronica Frenkel advanced from a six-candidate field in the District F primary. Shaw and Frenkel are running to replace Estela Gutierrez, who did not file for re-election.

See also: What's at stake in the Washoe County Board of Trustees 2014 election?

About the district

See also: Washoe County School District, Nevada
Washoe County School District is located in Washoe County, Nevada
Washoe County School District is located in Reno, Nevada, the county seat of Washoe County. Washoe County is home to 433,731 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] Washoe County School District is the second-largest school district in Nevada, serving 64,740 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

Demographics

Washoe County outperformed in comparison to the rest of Nevada in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Washoe County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.2 percent for Nevada as a whole. The median household income in Washoe County was $53,994 compared to $54,083 for the state of Nevada. The poverty rate in Washoe County was 14.7 percent compared to 14.2 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Washoe County (%) Nevada (%)
White 85.9 77.1
Black or African American 2.6 8.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.1 1.6
Asian 5.5 7.9
Two or More Races 3.2 3.8
Hispanic or Latino 23.0 27.3

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 84,047
Democratic 79,826
Nonpartisan 37,985
Other 14,695
Total 216,522

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

The Washoe County Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Districts A, B, C, D and E represent specific geographic districts while Districts F and G are at-large members. There was a primary election on June 10, 2014 and the general election will be held on November 4, 2014. Four seats will be up for election in November 2016.

Candidates filed their declarations of candidacy with the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office by March 14, 2014. The filing fee for school board candidates in Washoe County is $30. Each candidate had to actively reside in the district for at least 30 days prior to the filing deadline. State law requires candidates to file five campaign finance reports with the Nevada Secretary of State between May 20, 2014 and January 15, 2015.[5]

Elections

2014

Candidates

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  • Barbara Clark
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of California-San Diego and Western State University School of Law
    • Former president, Nevada State Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • Nick Smith

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Carlos Cardoso
    • Graduate, Kennedy Western University
    • EHS manager, Sherwin Williams

  • Veronica Frenkel
    • Graduate, University of Texas and Webster University
    • Organizational development manager, Washoe County
  • Jim Shaw
    • Graduate, University of Nevada-Reno
    • Retired district principal
    • Former member of Sparks City Council, Washoe County Commission

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Valerie Bourquin-Brown
    • Graduate, Saint Mary's College of California
  • Ronald A. King
    • Retired
  • Rick Saake
    • Graduate, The Master's College
    • Internet marketing manager, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
  • John Wynn
    • Graduate, Ashford University and Joint College of Bishops
    • Director, Youth Empowered to Success

Election results

General
District B

John R. Mayer will not appear on the general election ballot following his unopposed primary election.

District C

This election will take place on November 4, 2014.

District F

This election will take place on November 4, 2014.

Primary
District B
Washoe County School District, District B Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Mayer Incumbent 100% 6,380
Total Votes 6,380
Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Washoe," accessed October 13, 2014
District C
Washoe County School District, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Clark Incumbent 64% 4,797
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNick Smith 25.2% 1,890
     Nonpartisan Carlos Cardoso 10.8% 806
Total Votes 7,493
Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Washoe," accessed October 13, 2014
District F
Washoe County School District, District F Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Shaw 30.1% 5,316
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVeronica Frenkel 26.7% 4,722
     Nonpartisan John Wynn 16.4% 2,901
     Nonpartisan Valerie Bourquin-Brown 11.3% 2,000
     Nonpartisan Rick Saake 8.4% 1,484
     Nonpartisan Ronald A. King 7% 1,239
Total Votes 17,662
Source: Nevada Secretary of State, "County Results Washoe," accessed October 13, 2014

Endorsements

Rick Saake received the endorsement of Veterans in Politics International, Inc. ahead of the June 10, 2014 primary.[6] Veronica Frenkel has received endorsements from State Senator Debbie Smith, Assemblyman David Bobzien and Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Nevada State Board of Education member David Cook, Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley and former state Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa. She has also received endorsements from the Northern Nevada Central Labor Council and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada.[7] John R. Mayer was endorsed by fellow trustee Lisa Ruggerio.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates have received a total of $28,196.00 and spent a total of $18,260.01 according to reports available from the Nevada Secretary of State on October 13, 2014.[9]

In the District B race, candidates have not reported any contributions or expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
John R. Mayer $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District C race, candidates have raised a total of $1,500.00 and spent a total of $30.00.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Carlos Cardoso $0.00 $30.00 -$30.00
Barbara Clark $1,500.00 $0.00 $1,500.00
Nick Smith $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District F race, candidates have raised a total of $26,696.00 and spent a total of $18,230.01.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Valerie Bourquin-Brown $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Veronica Frenkel $7,929.00 $5,358.36 $2,570.64
Ronald A. King $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Rick Saake $1,800.00 $1,834.42 $-34.42
Jim Shaw $500.00 $999.84 -$499.84
John Wynn $16,467.00 $10,037.39 $6,429.61

Past elections

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

Graduation rate inflation

Washoe County School District's high school graduation rates were investigated by state officials following a significant jump in 2013. The district's graduation rate jumped by four percent in 2013, which contributed to an eight-percent increase for the state graduation rate. State officials worked with the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate the district's calculation of graduation rates. This evaluation found that the district excluded high school seniors who transferred into adult education programs without earning diplomas or earned high school equivalency degrees not considered diplomas when calculating graduation rates. Federal officials asked school administrators across the country to calculate graduation rates by following each freshman class through a four-year period. This policy was not strictly followed by state education officials, who allowed districts to exclude adult education students from the four-year graduation rate. The 2013 graduate rates will not be adjusted though the addition of omitted students in 2014 will likely contribute to a drop in graduation rates.[10]

Superintendent Martinez & closed meetings

See also: Washoe County School District recall, Nevada (2014)

Several community efforts to recall all of the members of the board developed following controversies surrounding its dismissal and reinstatement of Superintendent Pedro Martinez. Martinez was accused of misrepresented himself as a certified public accountant, which he has denied. The board relieved him of his duties, but announced the following day that he was on paid leave. Shortly after, they told him to return to work immediately. The actions came under heavy criticism, in part, due to the fact that much of the decision making process was done in closed meetings. Some have posited that the move violated the Open Meeting Law.[11][12][13]

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Washoe County School District election in 2014:[5]

Deadline Event
March 3-14, 2014 Declarations of candidacy due
March 25, 2014 Last day to withdraw candidacy
May 20, 2014 Campaign finance reporting deadline
May 24, 2014 - June 6, 2014 Early voting for primary election
June 3, 2014 Deadline for requesting mail or absentee ballot for primary election
June 6, 2014 Campaign finance reporting deadline
June 10, 2014 Primary election day
October 14, 2014 Campaign finance reporting deadline
October 18-31, 2014 Early voting for general election
October 28, 2014 Deadline for requesting mail or absentee ballot for general election
October 31, 2014 Campaign finance reporting deadline
November 4, 2014 General election day
January 15, 2015 Campaign finance reporting deadline

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shares the ballot with local, county, state and federal elections on November 4, 2014. Reno voters will decide on candidates for mayor, city council and city attorney. Residents of Washoe County will vote in races for county commission, district attorney, treasurer and other county executive positions. The ballot includes candidates for governor, secretary of state, state treasurer and other state executive offices. Voters will also choose candidates for state legislative seats. One U.S. House seat is also up for election on November 4, 2014.[14]

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