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West Covina Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 West Covina 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
West Covina Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Two seats on the School Board for West Covina Unified School District were up for district wide elections to be held on November 5, 2013. Eileen Miranda Jimenez and Jessica Shewmaker defeated Debbie J. Touhey for the two at-large seats.

About the district

See also: West Covina Unified School District, California
West Covina Unified School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
West Covina Unified School District is located in western Los Angeles County in West Covina, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, West Covina is home to 106,098 residents.[1]

Demographics

West Covina underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, but overperformed in comparison to the rest of the state in median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8% of West Covina 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 West Covina was $68,308 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in West Covina was 8.3% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race West Covina (%) California (%)
White 42.8 57.6
Black or African American 4.5 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 25.8 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 53.2 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 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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

West Covina 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. Tw0 seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Eileen Miranda Jiminez and Jessica Shewmaker defeated Debbie J. Tuohey for two seats on the WCUSD Board of Education.

West Covina Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Miranda Jiminez 37.6% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJessica Shewmaker 35.4% 2,307
     Nonpartisan Debbie J. Touhey 27% 1,761
Total Votes 6,516
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

No candidates received official endorsements for this election.

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, three candidates Steve Cox, Mike Spence and Camie Poulos defeated three challengers for three seats on the West Covina Unified School Board.

West Covina Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Cox 22.1% 2,229
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Spence 21.5% 2,170
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCamie Poulos 20.3% 2,047
     Nonpartisan Ian Jones 14.8% 1,492
     Nonpartisan David Barrile 11.7% 1,182
     Nonpartisan Stephani J. Broviak 9.7% 976
Total Votes 10,096
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Walnut Valley Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 29, 2013

What was at stake?

Two at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent President Eileen Miranda Jimenez and incumbent Jessica Shewmaker filed seeking re-election and were opposed by one candidate.

Issues

Early retirement incentives

West Covina Unified School District successfully avoided teacher layoffs by offering district employees early retirement incentives. The plan offered a way for the district to close a $2.6 million deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year. This was the second consecutive year West Covina Unified School District was able to avoid teacher layoffs. As a result of the early retirement program, class sizes will increase next school year from 20 to 23 students. The incentive was offered to 15 certificated teachers. These teachers will receive a retirement incentive benefit equal to 85 percent of their final base pay. The plan will save the district an estimate $223,000 over the next three years.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the West Covina 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

External links

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