Derrick W. Roach

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Candidate for
Board member, Sweetwater Board of Education, Trustee Area 4
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionN/A
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionPrivate investigator

Derrick W. Roach is a candidate for the Trustee Area 4 seat on the Sweetwater Board of Education in the California general election on November 4, 2014.

Roach was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 80 of the California State Assembly.

Biography

Roach is a licensed private investigator.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Sweetwater Union High School District elections (2014)

Opposition

The election in Sweetwater features five seats up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was no primary election.

The spring of 2014 brought a sweep of convictions of elected officials, administrators and contractors in southern California school districts that left the Sweetwater Union Board of Education with one member, board president John McCann, to finished his term through November 2014. Four members of the San Diego County Board of Education stepped in to serve as interim board members until new members are elected on November 4, 2014.

McCann did not file to run for re-election, but former members Bertha J. Lopez and Jim Cartmill, both of whom pleaded guilty to misdemeanors of accepting gifts above the state limit while serving on the school board, are running to reclaim their seats. A total of 21 candidates are running for the five open seats.

Roach will face fellow challengers Tino Martinez, Nicholas Segura, Valley P. Coleman and Felipe Nuno for the Trustee Area 4 seat.

Funding

Roach filed Form 470 to indicate he would not be spending or receiving more than $1,000 in this election. Because of that, he did not have to file any additional campaign finance reports.[2]

Endorsements

Roach has been endorsed by the Republican Party of San Diego County.[3]

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Roach ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 80. He and incumbent Ben Hueso (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012. He was subsequently defeated in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Hueso Incumbent 69.6% 76,225
     Republican Derrick W. Roach 30.4% 33,260
Total Votes 109,485

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Roach was uncontested in the June 8 primary election. He was defeated by Democrat Ben Hueso in the November 2 general election.[6]

California State Assembly, District 79 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Hueso (D) 46,349
Derrick Roach (R) 27,545

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

Former members, ousted after misdemeanor convictions, run to reclaim seats

Bertha J. Lopez and Jim Cartmill pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor each in April 2014, after accepting gifts above the state limit while serving on the Sweetwater Union Board of Education. After being sentenced in June to three years’ probation, 40 hours of community service and a $4,589 fine, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled that both of their seats had become vacant. The ruling was based on Government Code 1770, which states that any conviction involving an offense that violated official duties of an elected office creates an immediate vacancy in that office. The code does not stop Lopez and Cartmill from running for office again. Both former members filed to reclaim their seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.[7]

Two other members of the Sweetwater Union Board of Education were involved in a sweep of convictions in southern California school districts in the spring of 2014, leaving only one board member left for the district, board president John McCann. The San Diego County Board of Education stepped in to fill the vacancies created by the convictions until the election determines the new members. McCann did not file for re-election.[7]

Issues in the district

Title IX class action lawsuit upheld

The Sweetwater Union High School District was in violation of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education and public school athletic programs, ruled the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on September 19, 2014. The district was also charged to have engaged in unlawful retaliation under Title IX. The ruling upheld a lower court ruling in favor of a lawsuit filed in 2007 on behalf of female students in the district.[8]

In 2012, U.S. District Court Judge M. James Lorenz ruled that female student athletes at Castle Park High School been denied the equal opportunity to play high school sports as they had inferior facilities and less opportunities to play compared to male student athletes. Lorenz also ruled that the district was in violation of Title IX in many other aspects, including coaching benefits and publicity.[9]

The unlawful retaliation charge came from the district's firing of softball coach Chris Martinez after he had complained to Castle Park High School's administrators about the girls' facilities. The court ruled that the school's female softball team had been stronger with Martinez as a coach.[8]

The district paid almost $500,000 in legal fees during the first round of court proceedings and a further $100,000 to appeal the decision. Since the lawsuit was filed, the district has spent $1.6 million to improve its softball fields.[9]

About the district

See also: Sweetwater Union High School District, California
Sweetwater Union High School District is located in San Diego County, California.

Sweetwater Union High School District is located in San Diego County, California. The county seat of San Diego County is San Diego. San Diego County is home to 3,211,252 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[10] In the 2011-2012 school year, Sweetwater Union High School District was the 16th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 40,619 students.[11]

Demographics

San Diego County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.4 percent of San Diego County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for San Diego County was $63,373 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for San Diego County was 13.9 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2013[10]
Race San Diego County (%) California (%)
White 76.6 73.5
Black or African American 5.6 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.3 1.7
Asian 11.7 14.1
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6 0.5
Two or more race 4.2 3.7
Hispanic or Latino 32.9 38.4

Presidential Voting Pattern,
San Diego County[12][13][14][15]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 626,957 536,726
2008 666,581 541,032
2004 526,437 596,033
2000 437,666 475,736

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.[16]

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References

  1. La Prensa San Diego, "Sweetwater board races provide an opportunity for a fresh start!" September 26, 2014
  2. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "DERRICK W ROACH -470 Officeholder and Candidate Campaign Statement," October 23, 2014
  3. San Diego Republicans, "2014 General Election Voter Guide," accessed October 15, 2014
  4. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  5. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  6. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 UT San Diego, "Judge rules Sweetwater seats up for grabs," August 27, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Business Insurance, "Title IX class action lawsuit ruling against California school district upheld on appeal," September 19, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 UT San Diego, "Appeals court upholds Title IX ruling against Sweetwater," September 22, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 United States Census Bureau, "San Diego County, California," accessed July 14, 2014
  11. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
  12. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 6, 2012, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  13. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "Presidential General Election November 4, 2008, Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  14. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 2, 2004, Final Official Results," accessed July 14, 2014
  15. San Diego County Registrar of Voters, "General Election November 7, 2000," accessed July 14, 2014
  16. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014