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William S. Hart Union High School District elections (2013)

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2013 William S. Hart Union High School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
William S. Hart Union High School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for William S. Hart Union High School District were up for district wide elections to be held on November 5, 2013. Three incumbent candidates filed seeking re-election and were unopposed. The school district canceled the scheduled election due to a lack of opposition for the candidates who filed, which left Bob Jensen, Paul B. Strickland and Joe Messina as the default winners of the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: William S. Hart Union High School District, California
William S. Hart Union High School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
William S. Hart Union High School District is located in Los Angeles County in Santa Clarita, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Santa Clarita is home to 176,320 residents.[1]


Santa Clarita outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level in 2011. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.7% of Santa Clarita 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 Santa Clarita was $83,579 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Santa Clarita was 7.7% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Santa Clarita (%) California (%)
White 70.9 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 8.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 29.5 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

William S. Hart 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.[5]





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


There have been no official endorsements for any candidates in this race as of yet.

Past elections


On November 8, 2011, two seats were up for election on the William S. Hart Union High School District School Board. Gloria Mercado-Fortine and Steven M. Sturgeon defeated one candidate.

William S. Hart Union High School District School Board, At-large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Mercado-Fortine 35.3% 7,530
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven M. Sturgeon 33.1% 7,065
     Nonpartisan Heather Ann Davis 31.6% 6,738
Total Votes 21,333
Source: Smart, "Governing Board Member; William S. Hart Union High School District Voter Information" accessed October 30, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents including President Judy Egan Umeck, Board Clerk Paul De La Cerda, and Douglas A. Bryce filed seeking re-election, they were unopposed.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the William S. Hart Union High School District election in 2013:[6]

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.[7]

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