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Jeff Dishner
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Former candidate for
Board member, Greenville County School District, District 24
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Jeff Dishner was a candidate for the District 24 seat on the Greenville County School Board in South Carolina. He was defeated by fellow challenger Derek Lewis in the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Megan Hickerson did not file for re-election.

Dishner was also a 2012 Independent candidate for District 8 of the South Carolina State Senate.



See also: Greenville County School District elections (2014)


The November 4, 2014, general election in Greenville County School District featured six seats up for election. The incumbents in Districts 18, 20, 22 and 26 were all seeking re-election and ran unopposed. They are Patrick Sudduth, Charles Saylors, Lynda Leventis-Wells and Roger Meek, respectively. In District 28, incumbent Lisa Hannah Wells triumphed over challenger Steven Watterson. Newcomer Derek Lewis defeated fellow challenger Jeff Dishner for the District 24 seat. Incumbent Megan Hickerson did not file for re-election.


Greenville County School District, District 24 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Lewis 56.4% 5,981
     Nonpartisan Jeff Dishner 43.1% 4,573
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 58
Total Votes 10,612
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission, "2014 General Election Official Results," accessed December 22, 2014


Candidates were required to file a quarterly finance report with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission for the November general election by October 10, 2014. This report covered the period of July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014. Candidates were also required to file a pre-election report no later than 15 days prior to the election. A final report is due after the campaign has closed. Candidates for local school boards may not accept more than $1,000 from individuals and $5,000 from political parties.[1]


Dishner did not receive any endorsements during the election.


See also: South Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Dishner filed to run in the 2012 election for South Carolina State Senate District 8, but was decertified from the ballot.[2]

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Size and academic prowess

In addition to being the largest school district in South Carolina, Greenville County School District is also one of its highest-performing. The district has received National Accreditation status from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, 13 National Blue Ribbon Schools and 28 PTA National Schools of Excellence. The district is also a leader in school choice, with 15 percent of students in the district attending schools based on their preference and individual academic needs. Over 600 teachers in the district are National Board Certified Teachers, which is more than 24 states have in total.[3]

2013 American Humanist Association dispute

In 2013, the American Humanist Association (AHA) filed a formal complaint against Greenville County School District for its use of a church for the 5th-grade Mountain View Elementary's graduation ceremony, in addition to listing a prayer on the program. The complaint, allegedly filed on behalf of a district student, said that the district violated separation of church and state laws. Federal court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. denied the request, stating that the organization had "no basis for the injunction." The judge was criticized for saying that the AHA shouldn't "file unless you have proof" and stating that "this is what you call making a mountain out of a mole hill." Ultimately the school was able to retain its plans for the church-held graduation.[4]

About the district

See also: Greenville County School District, South Carolina
Greenville County School District is located in Greenville County, South Carolina
Greenville County School District is located in Greenville County, South Carolina. The county seat of Greenville County is Greenville. Greenville County is home to 451,225 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Greenville County School District was the largest school district in South Carolina and served 72,153 students.[6]


Greenville County overperformed in comparison to the rest of South Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.9 percent of Greenville County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 24.6 percent for South Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Greenville County was $48,438 compared to $44,623 for the state of South Carolina. The poverty rate in Greenville County was 15.2 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Greenville County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 77.1 68.3
Black or African American 18.5 27.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Greenville County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 68,070 121,685
2008 70,886 116,363
2004 55,347 111,481
2000 43,810 92,714

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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