Arvella Clare

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Candidate for
Board member, Lee County School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Next generalAugust 26, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Arvella Clare is a candidate for the District 4 seat on the Lee County School Board in Florida. She faces Don H. Armstrong, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber in the general election on August 26, 2014. Clare was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 77 of the Florida House of Representatives.



See also: School District of Lee County elections (2014)


The August 26, 2014 general election in Lee County features three seats up for election. Mary Fischer is seeking re-election to the District 1 seat against Marilyn Stout. The District 4 race features incumbent Don H. Armstrong and challengers Arvella Clare, Richard L. Dunmire and Steve Teuber. Pam Lariviere and Carla Ronco are running to replace Thomas Scott, who did not file for re-election.

The general election will determine if candidates for each seat can garner a majority of the vote total. If no candidate receives 50 percent plus one of the general election votes in a particular district, the top two vote recipients advance to the runoff election on November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Clare ran in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 77. Clare ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012, and was defeated by Dane Eagle (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Florida House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDane Eagle 62.4% 38,936
     Democratic Arvella M. Clare 37.6% 23,455
Total Votes 62,391

What's at stake?

Issues in the district

Teacher's lawsuit against governor, education commissioner

Tom Faasse, a teacher at East Lee County High School, filed a lawsuit in July 2014 against Governor Rick Scott and Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart claiming that recent educational legislation is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, supported by the Florida Education Association (FEA), argues that an amendment expanding school vouchers was bundled with previously rejected amendments in a bill passed by the Florida State Legislature in May 2014. State law requires that each bill approved by the legislature only deals with a single issue. The governor's office countered that the bill was necessary to provide flexibility for students located in struggling schools.[2]

About the district

See also: School District of Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is located in Lee County, Florida
School District of Lee County is based in Fort Myers, the county seat of Lee County, Florida. Lee County is home to 661,115 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] School District of Lee County is the ninth-largest school district in Florida, serving 83,895 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[4]


Lee County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.6 percent of Lee County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Florida as a whole. The median household income in Lee County was $48,453 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Lee County was 14.5 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Lee County (%) Florida (%)
White 87.2 78.1
Black or African American 9.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.6 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 19.1 23.6

Party registration, 2014[5]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 169,219
Other 115,181
Democratic 114,193
Total 398,593

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.[6]

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