Greg Kraft

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Greg Kraft
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Board member, Alvord Unified Board of Education, Trustee Area 4
Former member
Term ends
2014
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Board president
2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Greg Kraft represented Trustee Area 4 on the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education in California. He ran against challenger Robert Schwandt in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] Greg Kraft lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Kraft was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 60 in the California State Assembly. He lost in the primary election.

Elections

2014

See also: Alvord Unified School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Three seats on the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education were up for general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Art Kaspereen Jr. ran against challenger Mia Villeta Alvarado for the Trustee Area 1 seat, and incumbent Greg Kraft ran against challenger Robert Schwandt for the Trustee Area 4 seat. Incumbent José Luis Pérez did not file for re-election, leaving the Trustee Area 3 race to two candidates, Donna K. Wandro and Julie Moreno.

Kaspereen was successful in his bid for re-election, defeating Alvarado for Trustee Area 1. Moreno came out on top in the Trustee Area 3 race, and Schwandt defeated incumbent Kraft for Trustee Area 4.

This was the first election in which board members were elected by district. It was also the first time elections were held during an even-numbered year.

Results

Alvord Unified School District, Trustee Area 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Schwandt 64.6% 1,375
     Nonpartisan Greg Kraft Incumbent 35.4% 752
Total Votes 2,127
Source: Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Consolidated General Election November 4, 2014," accessed December 19, 2014

Funding

Kraft had not reported any contributions or expenditures for his 2014 campaign to the Riverside County Registrar of Voters as of October 28, 2014.[2]

Endorsements

Kraft received the endorsement of the California School Employees Association.[3]

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Kraft ran in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 60. He was eliminated in the blanket primary on June 5, 2012.[4][5]

California State Assembly, District 60 Blanket Primary, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJose Luis Perez 32.4% 11,411
     Republican Greg Kraft 19.2% 6,749
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Linder 28.4% 10,000
     Republican Stan Skipworth 20% 7,058
Total Votes 35,218

2009

Alvord Unified School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Kaspereen Jr. 19% 1,965
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Kraft Incumbent 17.7% 1,839
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJosé Luis Pérez Incumbent 17.2% 1,779
     Nonpartisan Debra Kroning 14.3% 1,484
     Nonpartisan Donna K. Wandro 14% 1,452
     Nonpartisan Scott Andrews 10% 1,035
     Nonpartisan Rodrigo Torres Jr. 7.9% 814
Total Votes 10,368
Source: Riverside County Registrar of Voters, "Final Official Election Results," accessed September 12, 2014

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Board votes 3-2 to lease new office space

Despite disagreement on the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education, a $126,750 per month lease was approved. The vote was 3-2 in favor of approving the lease for office space in a Corona building owned by KPC Summit LLC at the board's public meeting on July 18, 2014. Prior to that meeting, the board had approved the lease in a closed session in May, also voting 3-2 in favor. That new space was needed was acknowledged by all on the board after a building was condemned at the former district office site in Riverside. The contention came from disagreement on whether that new space should have been built or leased, as the district does own property with room for new buildings. Board members Ben Johnson and José Luis Pérez believed it would be more cost effective in the long run to build. Board President Greg Kraft did not disagree with that statement, but also believed leasing gave the district both short-term and long-term options. The payments for the new lease were set to come out of the district's general fund, leaving the $13 million in bond money for construction projects to upgrade existing schools.[6]

About the district

See also: Alvord Unified School District, California
Alvord Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California.

Alvord Unified School District is located in Riverside County, California. The county seat of Riverside County is Riverside. Riverside County was home to 2,292,507 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[7] During the 2011-2012 school year, Alvord Unified School District was the 78th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 19,741 students.[8]

Demographics

Riverside County underperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.5 percent of Riverside 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 Riverside County was $57,096 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Riverside County was 15.6 percent compared to 15.3 percent statewide.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Riverside County (%) California (%)
White 80.8 73.7
Black or African American 7.0 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.9 1.7
Asian 6.6 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.5
Two or more race 3.3 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 46.5 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Riverside County[9]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 329,063 318,127
2008 325,017 310,041
2004 228,806 322,473
2000 202,614 232,029

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.[10]

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