Theodoros Rokas

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Theodoros Rokas
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 5
Incumbent
Term ends
2015
Compensation
Base salary$200/two-year term
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire
Personal
ProfessionPublic servant
Websites
Office website
Theodoros Rokas is the Ward 5 member of the Manchester School District where he was first elected to the chamber in 2011. The seat was up for primary election on September 17. Rokas won the seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Rokas is also a Democratic member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 12. He was first elected to that chamber in 2008.

Biography

Theodoros Rokas resides in Manchester, New Hampshire. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2013.[1] Rokas serves as both a State Representative in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as the Ward 5 member of the Manchester Board of School Committee.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of New Hampshire House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 13, 2014. Incumbent Theodoros Rokas and Amanda Bouldin defeated Richard N. Komi in the Democratic primary. Rokas and Bouldin were unchallenged in the general election.[2]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 12 District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Rokas Incumbent 53% 178
Amanda Bouldin 24.7% 83
Richard Komi 22.3% 75
Total Votes 336

2013

See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)

Results

Manchester School District, Ward 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTheodoros Rokas Incumbent 55.5% 397
     Nonpartisan Lisa M. Freeman 33.3% 238
     Nonpartisan Blanks 10.6% 76
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0.6% 4
Total Votes 715
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013

Funding

Rokas reported no contributions or expenditures to the City of Manchester.[3]

Endorsements

Theodoros Rokas did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2012

See also: New Hampshire House of Representatives elections, 2012

Rokas was re-elected in the 2012 election for New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 12. Rokas advanced past the September 11 primary and won election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTed Rokas Incumbent 42.2% 1,589
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTim O'Flaherty 34.7% 1,307
     Republican Daniel Garthwaite 23.2% 873
Total Votes 3,769
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTed Rokas Incumbent 49.4% 249
Green check mark transparent.pngTim O'Flaherty 25.4% 128
Richard N. Komi 25.2% 127
Total Votes 504

2011

Manchester School District, Ward 5 General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTed Rokas 67.6% 465
     Nonpartisan Tara Powell 32.4% 223
Total Votes 688
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[6] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[7] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[8] The auditors acknowledge that, "...the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[8] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[7] Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[9]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[10] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[10] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[10]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[11]

Demographics

Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[12]
Party New Hampshire Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42






State representative

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.[20]

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 2 to July 1. In 2014, the 163rd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 8 through June 13.

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2011-2012

In 2011, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, first year, was in session from January 5 through July 1. In 2012, the 162nd New Hampshire General Court, second year, was in session from January 4 through June 27.

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  • Legislators are scored based on 39 roll call votes in the House and 20 roll call votes in the Senate during the 2011-2012 session.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 LinkedIn, "Ted Rokas," accessed August 23, 2013
  2. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2014 Filing Period," accessed July 1, 2014
  3. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed December 27, 2013
  4. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  5. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 General Election Results," accessed May 15, 2014
  6. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
  9. Ted Siefer, "Manchester school audit points finger at school committee itself," June 26, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
  12. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013
  13. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Election Information," accessed September 13, 2012
  14. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed September 13, 2012
  15. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed May 16, 2014
  16. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 16, 2014
  17. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "State General Election - November 4, 2008," accessed May 16, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "Rokas, Theodoros," accessed August 2, 2013
  19. Follow the Money, "Rokas, Ted," accessed August 2, 2013
  20. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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New Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough 12
2008–present
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