West Chester Area School District elections (2013)

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2013 West Chester Area School District Elections

Primary Election date:
May 21, 2013
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
Pennsylvania
West Chester Area School District
Chester County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
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Four seats on the West Chester Area School District school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013. Joyce Chester, Robin Kaliner, Chris McCune and Ricky L. Swalm defeated four other candidates for the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: West Chester Area School District, Pennsylvania
West Chester Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania
West Chester Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The county seat of Chester County is West Chester. According to the 2010 US Census, Chester County is home to 506,575 residents.[1]

Demographics

Chester County outperformed the rest of Pennsylvania in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Chester County was $86,264 compared to $51,651 for the state of Pennsylvania. The poverty rate in Chester County was 6.1% compared to 12.6% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 48.1% of Chester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.7% in Pennsylvania.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Chester County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 87.4 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 4.3 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.1

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Chester County Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 147,576 44.49
Democratic 125,440 37.81
Libertarian 2,094 0.63
Other 56,627 17.07



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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The West Chester Area school board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. The primary election was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats are on the ballot in 2013.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot for the primary election was March 12, 2013. The deadline to withdraw from the primary race was March 27, 2013. The filing deadline for independent candidates to get on the ballot for the general election was August 1, and the deadline for those candidates to withdraw was August 8, 2013. The deadline for candidates who were nominated in the primary election to withdraw was August 12, 2013.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

At-large

  • Maria Pimley
    • Incumbent
    • Republican
    • Graduate, Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
    • Optometrist, Chester County Opticians
  • Sean Carpenter
    • Incumbent
    • Republican
    • Graduate, Pennsylvania State University
    • Consultant
  • Edward Coyle
    • Incumbent
    • Republican
    • Graduate, James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University
    • System director of third party reimbursement, Catholic Health East
  • Pam LaTorre
    • Republican
    • Graduate, Villanova Law School
    • Teacher's assistant, Great Beginnings Christian Preschool

  • Joyce Chester
    • Democrat
    • Graduate, Immaculata University
    • President, Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center
  • Robin Kaliner
    • Democrat
    • Graduate, Loyola University Maryland
    • Retired, financial management
  • Chris McCune
    • Democrat
    • Graduate, West Chester University
    • Software business development and sales, Symantec
  • Ricky L. Swalm
    • Democrat
    • Graduate, Temple University
    • Associate professor, Temple University

Election results

West Chester Area School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Chester 13.8% 9,708
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCune 13.8% 9,679
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kaliner 13.7% 9,592
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRicky L. Swalm 13.4% 9,395
     Republican Edward Coyle Incumbent 11.5% 8,046
     Republican Sean Carpenter Incumbent 11.5% 8,046
     Republican Pam LaTorre 11.3% 7,941
     Republican Maria Pimley Incumbent 11% 7,688
Total Votes 70,095
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


West Chester Area School District, Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Chester 22.9% 2,844
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kaliner 22% 2,735
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCune 21% 2,612
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRicky L. Swalm 20.3% 2,522
     Democratic Pam LaTorre 3.7% 454
     Democratic Edward Coyle Incumbent 3.4% 423
     Democratic Maria Pimley Incumbent 3.4% 418
     Democratic Sean Carpenter Incumbent 3.2% 401
Total Votes 12,409
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed October 31, 2013


West Chester Area School District, Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Carpenter Incumbent 18.4% 3,741
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Coyle Incumbent 17.3% 3,521
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPam LaTorre 16.8% 3,424
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Pimley Incumbent 15.8% 3,208
     Republican Robin Kaliner 8.2% 1,666
     Republican Chris McCune 8.1% 1,649
     Republican Joyce Chester 7.9% 1,604
     Republican Ricky L. Swalm 7.5% 1,523
Total Votes 20,336
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed October 31, 2013

Endorsements

Incumbents Maria Pimley, Sean Carpenter and Edward Coyle along with newcomer Pam LaTorre all received endorsements from the Republican Committee of Chester County. Representative Jim Gerlach also endorsed Coyle, and all three incumbents endorsed LaTorre. Challengers Joyce Chester, Robin Kaliner, Chris McCune and Ricky L. Swalm all received endorsements from the Chester County Democratic Committee, Republicans for a Better Direction and West Chester VOTE.[6]

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[7]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Four seats on the West Chester Area school board were at stake in the election. Three incumbents, Maria Pimley, Sean Carpenter, and Edward Coyle, sought re-election. Finances are one of the largest challenges in the district, so the new board will continue to address ongoing funding questions, including the benefits of tax increases and program cuts.[8] The newly elected board with also address an ongoing teacher contract debate.[9]

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the West Chester Area School Board election.[5]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive official absentee ballot applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive official absentee ballots in County Board of Elections
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with local and state elections. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race, along with a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas race. Local elections included a race for mayor, treasurer, controller, inspector of elections, judge of elections, clerk of courts, coroner and eight retention questions for various Pennsylvania judges.[10]

See also

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