Wilfredo Santos-Rivera

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Wilfredo Santos-Rivera
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Former candidate for
Oklahoma State Senate, District 46
Prior offices
Oklahoma City Board of Education
ProfessionCommunity activist
Campaign website
Wilfredo Santos-Rivera was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 46 of the Oklahoma State Senate.

He was a candidate for the District 7 seat on the Oklahoma City Schools Board of Education in Oklahoma. He lost against incumbent Ron Millican in the general election on February 11, 2014. Santos-Rivera previously served on the board from 2006 to 2010. District 7 covers ten K-12 schools on the eastern edge of Oklahoma City.[1]


Santos-Rivera previously worked as a teacher at private schools in Puerto Rico, New York and Oklahoma.[2] He has been an advocate for the J.O.Y. Free Resources Clinic in Oklahoma City since 2009.[3]




See also: Oklahoma State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oklahoma State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 24, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 11, 2014. Kay Floyd defeated Wilfredo Santos-Rivera in the Democratic primary. Floyd was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]

Oklahoma State Senate, District 46 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKay Floyd 79.7% 1,632
Wilfredo Santos-Rivera 20.3% 415
Total Votes 2,047

School board

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools elections (2014)


Wilfredo Santos-Rivera ran against incumbent Ron Millican for the District 7 seat in the general election on February 11, 2014.


Oklahoma City Public Schools, District 7 General Election, 4-year term, February 11, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Millican Incumbent 72.9% 223
     Nonpartisan Wilfredo Santos-Rivera 27.1% 83
Total Votes 306
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State, "Annual School Election," accessed February 11, 2014


As of January 15, 2014, Santos-Rivera did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.[7]


Santos-Rivera did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Santos-Rivera was defeated by challengers Larry Collins and Ron Millican during the general election on February 10, 2010.[8]


Campaign themes


Santos-Rivera expressed concern about the board's direction in an interview with The Oklahoman. He argued that city schools require strong leadership after poor performances on the state's A-to-F Report Card. Santos-Rivera believed that greater involvement by parents and district residents is paramount to improved academic performance.[2]

What was at stake?

Two seats on the board were up for election on February 11, 2014. District 5 incumbent Ruth Veales won re-election without opposition. Incumbent Ron Millican won re-election in District 7 against challenger Wilfredo Santos-Rivera.

Issues in the district

Removal of school administrators

On January 10, 2014, Interim Superintendent Dave Lopez announced plans to remove at least ten school administrators in response to poor records of academic performance. Lopez promised significant changes in an early January meeting with school board members after the publication of state educational assessments. A November report by the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction found that 65 out of 93 district schools experienced decreased test scores from previous years. Lopez has also promised placement of at least 100 district officials into schools to spur academic improvement. The superintendent's plan has gained support from board members including Lynne Hardin and Bob Hammack.[2]

About the district

See also: Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Public Schools is located in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City is the county seat as well as the capital of Oklahoma. According to the United States Census Bureau, Oklahoma City is home to 599,199 residents.[9] Oklahoma City Public Schools is the largest school district in Oklahoma, serving 42,989 students during the 2010-11 school year.[10]


Oklahoma City outperformed the rest of Oklahoma in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.0% of Oklahoma City residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 23.2% for Oklahoma as a whole. The median household income in Oklahoma City was $45,704 compared to $44,891 for the state of Oklahoma. The poverty rate in Oklahoma City was 17.6% compared to 16.6% for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2010[9]
Race Oklahoma City (%) Oklahoma (%)
White 62.7 72.2
Black or African American 15.1 7.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 3.5 8.6
Asian 4.0 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 5.2 5.9
Hispanic or Latino 17.2 8.9

Party Affiliation, 2013[11]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 180,350 44.3
Democratic 168,098 41.3
Independent 58,358 14.3

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[12][13]

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  1. Oklahoma City Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 15, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Tim Willert, The Oklahoman, "Contrasting styles highlight Oklahoma City School Board race," February 5, 2014
  3. J.O.Y. Free Resources Clinic, "History," accessed January 15, 2014
  4. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Candidates for State Elective Officials 2014," accessed April 15, 2014
  5. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official Results Statewide Primary Election — June 24, 2014," accessed July 10, 2014
  6. Oklahoma State Election Board, "Official General Election Results, Federal, State, Legislative and Judicial Races — November 4, 2014," accessed November 5, 2014
  7. Oklahoma, "Candidate Information," accessed January 15, 2014
  8. The Oklahoman, "Incumbents fall in Oklahoma City school elections," February 10, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 United States Census Bureau, "Oklahoma City, Oklahoma," accessed January 15, 2014
  10. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 15, 2014
  11. Oklahoma, "MESA - Current Registration Statistics by County," accessed January 15, 2014
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  13. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.