George Trovato

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George Trovato
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Former candidate for
Board member, Volusia County School Board, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPolytechnic University
Master'sRegent University
J.D.Barry University
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George Trovato was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Volusia County School Board in Florida. He faced Stan Schmidt and Linda Cuthbert in the general election on August 26, 2014. None of the three candidates received 50 percent of the vote in the general election. As one of the top two vote-getters, Trovato advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. He was defeated by the Cuthbert in that election.

While the school board is a nonpartisan office, Trovato was previously a 2012 Republican candidate for District 27 of the Florida House of Representatives.



See also: Volusia County Schools elections (2014)


The August 26, 2014, general election in Volusia County featured three seats up for election. Larry Candeto, John M. Hill, Don Sarro, Chris Sorensen and Patricia W. Whites were running to replace Candace Lankford, who did not file for the District 1 election. None of the five candidates received 50 percent of the vote, so John M. Hill and Don Sarro, the top two vote-getters, advanced to the runoff election on November 4, 2014. The District 3 race was determined by the runoff election as well, featuring candidates Linda Cuthbert and George Trovato, who received more votes than incumbent Stan Schmidt in the general election. In the District 5 race, challenger Melody Johnson defeated incumbent Diane J. Smith.


Volusia County Schools, District 3 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Cuthbert 63.3% 23,230
     Nonpartisan George Trovato 36.7% 13,465
Total Votes 36,695
Source: Volusia County Supervisor of Elections, "2014 General Election Official Results," accessed December 23, 2014
Volusia County Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Cuthbert 46.4% 7,167
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Trovato 29.2% 4,514
     Nonpartisan Stan Schmidt Incumbent 24.4% 3,773
Total Votes 15,454
Source: Volusia County Department of Elections, "Primary Election Official Results," September 2, 2014


Trovato did not receive any endorsements.


See also: Florida House of Representatives elections, 2012

Trovato ran in the 2012 election for Florida House of Representatives District 27. Trovato was defeated by David Santiago in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[1]

Florida House of Representatives, District 27 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Santiago 65% 6,055
George Trovato 35% 3,260
Total Votes 9,315

Campaign themes


Trovato made the following statements regarding campaign issues on his campaign website and Facebook page:

Salary donation

Trovato has pledged to give his salary to vocational programs in the county if he is elected.[2]

Vocational Education

Vocational Education must be available to ALL students in Volusia County. Today the School Board leadership allows only students with a 3.0 or higher to attend these academes. Encourage students to seek higher levels of education in both colleges and trade schools to achieve the high paying jobs of today![3]

Job readiness

Volusia County should have an open line of communications with industry and aggressively match up talented vocational skilled students with newly developing STEM job positions. Students should be able to obtain both relevant training and certifications or licensing while attending high school. I will aggressively seek JOB READINESS for the students in Volusia County.[3]


Volusia County's District 3 had in 2013 over 10,000 discipline referrals from its 3 high schools alone. Stress and a lack of vocational training programs have created student apathy and low teacher moral. I will work continually for job readiness and gather the outside resources to help 3rd graders learn how to read. In 2014, 49% of the 3rd graders who took the FCAT reading exam...FAILED. Volusia County schools can do better![3]

About the district

See also: Volusia County Schools, Florida
Volusia County Schools is located in Volusia County, Florida
Volusia County Schools is based in DeLand, the county seat of Volusia County, Florida. Volusia County is home to 500,800 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Volusia County Schools is the 13th-largest school district in Florida, serving 61,524 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


Volusia County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Florida in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.0 percent of Volusia 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 Volusia County was $43,419 compared to $47,309 for the state of Florida. The poverty rate in Volusia County was 16.0 percent compared to 15.6 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Volusia County (%) Florida (%)
White 84.8 78.1
Black or African American 11.0 16.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 1.7 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 12.0 23.6

Party registration, 2014[6]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 122,048
Republican 110,837
Unaffiliated 82,246
Other 11,370
Total 326,501

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.[7][8]

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  1. Florida Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed June 14, 2012
  2. Facebook, "ELECT GOERGE TROVATO for Volusia School Board District 3," August 18, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Volusia County, Florida," accessed July 10, 2014
  5. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 7, 2014
  6. Florida Secretary of State, "Voter Registration by Party Affiliation Year to Date Report," June 19, 2014
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. 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.