Whittier Union High School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Whittier Union High School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
Three seats on the School Board for Whittier Union High School District were up for district wide elections on November 5, 2013. The school district canceled the scheduled election due to a lack of opposition for the candidates who filed, which left Leighton Anderson, Jeffrey S. Baird and Russell A. Castaneda-Calleros as the default winners of the three at-large seats.
About the districtLos Angeles County in Whittier, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Whittier is home to 85,331 residents.
Whittier underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, but overperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of median household income and percentage of residents living under the poverty rate. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.3% of Whittier 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 Whittier was $68,055 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Whittier was 10.1% compared to 15.3% 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
Whittier Union High 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.
- Leighton Anderson
- Incumbent board member
- Jeffrey S. Baird
- Incumbent board member
- Russell A. Castaneda-Calleros
- Incumbent appointed board member
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Russell A. Castaneda-Calleros received official endorsements from Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Cathy Warner - Mayor of Whittier and several members of the elementary school boards in the WHUHSD area.
On November 8, 2011, two at large full term seats and one short term seat were up for election. With only two incumbent candidates Ralph S. Pacheco and Tim Schneider filing for the full term seats and incumbent Russell A. Castaneda Calleros applying for the short term seat, the election was canceled and not placed on the ballot.
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Leighton Anderson, Jeffrey S. Baird and Russell A. Castaneda-Calleros filed seeking re-election and were unopposed. The election was canceled and did not appear on the ballot.
Common Core implementation
Whittier Union High School District is now in the third year of implementing Common Core. During this process they have developed plans that "infuse instructional programs with the four C’s – critical thinking, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and communication – in order to move student learning from factual recitation to analytical problem-solving" according WUHSD Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson. She also added "“Our parents and school community support these changes because they recognize their value, and I am pleased to say that in Whittier, we are setting the pace in education in California and nationally by providing early implementation of the new standards,” “The transition to the CCSS is a difficult task for school districts, but the quality of education in Whittier provides a solid foundation for the new and more rigorous standards.”
The following dates were key deadlines for the Whittier Union High School District election in 2013:
|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.
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- Whittier Union High School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
- United States Census Bureau, "Whittier (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
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