Hazleton Area School District elections (2013)

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2013 Hazleton Area School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Candidates
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
Contact information
External links
References
See also
Pennsylvania
Hazleton Area School District
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Four seats on the Hazleton Area School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in a primary election held on May 21, 2013. There was a re-election on July 23, 2013 in two district areas to fix an error on the initial primary ballot.

Bob Mehalick, Clarence John, James G. Chapman and Jared M. O'Donnell defeated Carmella Yenkevich to win the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Hazleton Area School District, Pennsylvania
Hazleton Area School District covers portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties.
Hazleton Area School District covers portions of Luzerne, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties. The large district is centered on the city of Hazleton in Luzerne County. Hazleton has a population of 25,224.[1]

Demographics

The county underperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (77.9%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Hazleton (12.2%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Hazleton is $33,964 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Hazleton (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 69.4 83.5
Black or African American 4.0 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.3
Asian 0.8 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 3.4 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 37.3 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 51.7 46.8
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 51.15 47.75
2000 52.01 43.76


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Hazleton Area School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The primary election for the Hazleton Area School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. There was a re-election on July 23, 2013 in two district areas to fix an error on the initial primary ballot. The results of the July, 2013 election were added to the May primary election results. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

The following candidates were on the ballot on November 5, 2013. The candidate field was narrowed in the May 21 primary. A re-election was held on July 23, 2013 in parts of Carbon and Schuylkill counties where former candidate Steve Hahn was listed on the ballot after withdrawing from the race. The results of the July 2013 election were added to the May primary election results.

At-large

Election results

Hazleton Area School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Menalick Incumbent 21.6% 5,164
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJared M. O'Donnell 21.5% 5,141
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames G. Chapman 21% 5,028
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClarence John Incumbent 20.4% 4,888
     Democrat Carmella Yenkevich Incumbent 15.2% 3,653
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 85
Total Votes 23,959
Source: Luzerne County Bureau of Elections, "11/5/2013 General and Municipal Elections," accessed December 16, 2013


Hazleton Area School District Democratic Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBob Mehalick 17.4% 2,004
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJames G. Chapman 16.9% 1,945
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngClarence John 14.4% 1,653
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngCarmella Yenkavich 14.2% 1,630
     Democrat Thomas J. Chirlco 11% 1,263
     Democrat Jared M O'Donnell 14% 1,614
     Democrat Frederick Mariano 12.2% 1,406
Total Votes 11,515
Source: Times News LLC, "Yesterday's balloting results produce change," accessed August 29, 2013


Hazleton Area School District Republican Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Mehalick 16% 1,651
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames G. Chapman 15% 1,544
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngClarence John 14.3% 1,475
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJared M. O'Donnell 15.7% 1,618
     Republican Thomas J. Chirlco 13.8% 1,417
     Republican Carmella Yenkavich 14% 1,442
     Republican Frederick Mariano 11.1% 1,145
Total Votes 10,292
Source: Times News LLC, "Yesterday's balloting results produce change," accessed August 29, 2013


Past elections

2011

Hazleton Area School District General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngRobbie Wallace 18.7% 6,664
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngTony Bonomo 17.9% 6,375
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngRobert W. Childs 17.1% 6,101
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Earley 16.7% 5,926
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarfy Degenhard Yanac 14.8% 5,256
     Democrat Rocco Formica 14.5% 5,166
Total Votes 35,583
Source: Luzerne County Election Results, "Luzerne County Election Results 2011," accessed August 29, 2013

2009

Hazleton Area School District General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngBob Mehalick 26.1% 6,204
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngClarence John 24.9% 5,927
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Hahn 25% 5,937
     Cross-filed Green check mark transparent.pngCarmella Yenkevich 23.5% 5,589
Total Votes 23,789
Source: Luzerne County Election Results, "Luzerne County Election Results 2011," accessed August 29, 2013

Campaign Finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.[4]

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Hazleton Area School Board, including board vice-president Bob Mehalick's seat, were at stake in the November election. Incumbents Bob Mehalick, Clarence John, and Carmella Yenkevich sought re-election while Steven Hahn did not.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Hazleton Area School Board election.[5]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
May 21, 2013 Primary Election Day
August 1, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nomination papers nominating independent candidates
August 8, 2013 Last day for candidates who have filed nomination papers to withdraw
August 12, 2013 Last day for candidates nominated at the Primary to withdraw
August 22, 2013 Last day to file substituted nominations
September 16, 2013 First day to receive Official Absentee Ballot Applications
October 7, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 1, 2013 Last day to receive Official Absentee Ballots in County Board of Elections by 5:00 PM
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board race, residents of Hazleton Area School District had statewide, countywide, and citywide items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court in a statewide race. There were various county races as well as mayoral, council, auditor, tax collector, supervisor, judge of election, and inspector of election races in various townships and boroughs.[6]

See also

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