Wake County Public School System elections (2013)

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Wake County Public School System Elections 2013

General Election date:
October 8, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Candidates
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional measures
Contact information
External links
References
See also
North Carolina
Wake County
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Four seats on the board of the Wake County Public School System, North Carolina were up for election on October 8, 2013. Seats up for election covered Districts 1, 2, 7 and 9. Those elected in 2013 are scheduled to serve four year terms, ending in 2017.

About the District

Wake County Public School System is located in Wake County, North Carolina
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, Wake County is home to 952,151 residents.[1]The county seat is located in Raleigh, which is also the state capital.

Demographics

Wake County outperforms the rest of North Carolina based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Wake County was $65,289 compared to $46,291 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wake County was 10.1% compared to 16.1% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 91.9% of Wake County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 84.1% in North Carolina.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race District (%) State (%)
White 69.6 71.9
Black or African American 21.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.8 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 61.6 64.7

Party Affiliation[3]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democrat 267,262 54.94%
Republican 211,596 43.50%
Libertarian 6,171 1.27%
Misc. Write-In 1,398 .29%

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Wake County Public School System held an election for board seats representing Districts 1, 2, 7 and 9 on October 8, 2013. Board seats for Districts 3, 4, Districts 5, Districts 6 and 8 will not be up for vote until the next election on November 13, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

The following candidates ran for the Wake County Public School System board of education.[5]

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  • Tom Benton
    • Retired Educator
    • Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies, Master's and advanced degree in School Administration from UNC-CH
  • Don McIntyre
    • Retired Small-Business Owner, Lawyer
    • Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from Southwest Texas State University, Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law

  • Matt Scruggs
    • Carquest Auto Parts
    • Currently attending Belmont Abbey College

  • Zora Felton
    • Educator
    • Bachelor's of Arts from North Carolina State University
  • Deborah Prickett
    • Education Consultant/Program Manager with the NC Department of Public Instruction
    • Master of Arts Degree from North Carolina Central University, Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Carolina State University

  • Nancy Caggia
    • CFO for VPC Associates, Inc.
    • Bachelor's of Science- Finance from Boston College, School of Management Honors Program
  • Bill Fletcher
    • Vocational Services Director in the Cary Rotary Club, Real Estate
    • Bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University

Election Results

Tom Benton and Bill Fletcher were the only incumbents to keep their seats on the school board, defeating challengers Don McIntyre and Nancy Caggia in their respective districts. Monika Johnson-Hostler defeated Matt Scruggs in District 2, and Zora Felton defeated incumbent Deborah Prickett in District 7.

Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Benton 52% 4,211
     Nonpartisan Don McIntyre 48% 3,889
Total Votes 8,100
Source: WNCN


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMonika Johnson-Hostler 53.9% 5,015
     Nonpartisan Matt Scruggs 46.1% 4,281
Total Votes 9,296
Source: WNCN


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 7, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngZora Felton 57.8% 6,135
     Nonpartisan Deborah Prickett 42.2% 4,476
Total Votes 10,611
Source: WNCN


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 9, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Fletcher 51% 6,214
     Nonpartisan Nancy Caggia 49% 5,968
Total Votes 12,182
Source: WNCN


Campaign finance

As of October 2, a total of $95,288.62 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees.

In the District 1 race, a total of $15,574.87 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tom Benton $7,741.72 $1,637.72 $6,578.00
Don McIntyre $7,833.15 $7,257.07 $981.08

In the District 2 race, a total of $22,882.80 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Monika Johnson-Hostler $18,225.00 $11,441.80 $6,783.20
Matt Scruggs $7,660.80 $4,576.20 $3,084.60


In the District 7 race, a total of $27,186.68 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Zora Felton $19,840.02 $17,920.89 $1,919.13
Deborah Prickett $7,346.66 $5,187.93 $2,158.73

In the District 9 race, a total of $29,64.27 had been contributed to all direct candidate campaign committees.[6]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Nancy Caggia $10,687.27 $3,123.99 $7,563.28
Bill Fletcher $18,960.00 $13,790.18 $5,169.82

Endorsements

In District 1, Tom Benton was endorsed by Russell Killen (Mayor of Knightdale), Bill Fisher (former district principal and former school board member, and many District 1 residents.[7] Don McIntyre was endorsed by Sheriff Donnie Harrison and Representative Chris Malone.[8] In District 7, Zora Felton was endorsed by Wake NCAE, Doug Young (President of Young Group Insurance Agency), Wray Fleming (Retired Educator from Wake County Public Schools) and a district parent.[9] Deborah Prickett was endorsed by a number of community advocates, district parents and a number of elected officials.[10] In District 9, Nancy Caggia was endorsed by the Wake County Republican Party, Cary Town Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, and members of the Cary Town Council.[11]. Bill Fletcher was endorsed by Wake NCAE and The News Observer.[12][13]

2011

Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 3, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin L. Hill 49.7% 8,116
     Nonpartisan Heather Losurdo 39.9% 6,514
     Nonpartisan Jennifer Mansfield 8.1% 1,331
     Nonpartisan Eric Wayne Squires 2.2% 352
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 19
Total Votes 16,332
Source: Wake County Board of Elections, MUNICIPAL ELECTIOn OCTOBER 11, 2011


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 4, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Sutton 80.8% 8,513
     Nonpartisan Venita Peyton 19% 2,004
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 13
Total Votes 10,530
Source: Wake County Board of Elections, MUNICIPAL ELECTIOn OCTOBER 11, 2011


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Martin 67.3% 6,212
     Nonpartisan Cynthia Chiklis Matson 32.3% 2,977
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 36
     Nonpartisan 0% 0
Total Votes 9,225
Source: Wake County Board of Elections, MUNICIPAL ELECTIOn OCTOBER 11, 2011


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 6, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Kushner 59.4% 11,810
     Nonpartisan George W. Morgan 3.3% 663
     Nonpartisan Mary Ann Weathers 3.4% 669
     Nonpartisan Donna Williams 33.7% 6,701
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.2% 45
Total Votes 19,888
Source: Wake County Board of Elections, MUNICIPAL ELECTIOn OCTOBER 11, 2011


Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Evans 52.1% 7,129
     Nonpartisan Ron Margiotta 47.8% 6,538
     Nonpartisan 0.1% 12
Total Votes 13,679
Source: Wake County Board of Elections, MUNICIPAL ELECTIOn OCTOBER 11, 2011


What was at stake?

Four seats were at stake in this election. Incumbent Tom Benton confirmed that he would run for re-election to represent District 1. District 2 incumbent John Tedesco did not run for re-election; however, fellow incumbents Deborah Prickett and Bill Fletcher both announced that they would run for re-election in Districts 7 and 9, respectively.[14]

The four seats up for election this year will be subject to new term limits beginning this October. According to a bill passed by the North Carolina state legislature this month, new election terms and dates for school board members will go into effect in 2016. Until that time, terms beginning in January of 2014 and after will last 3 years.[15]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
July 5, 2013 DATE OF FIRST DAY TO FILE PETITIONS
July 19, 2013 DATE OF LAST DAY TO FILE PETITIONS
July 25, 2013 DATE CANDIDATES NAMES ARE SUBMITTED
October 8, 2013 DATE OF ELECTION
November 14, 2013 DATE VOTES ARE CANVASSED
January 1, 2014 DATE SCHOOL BOARD IS ORGANIZED WITH NEW MEMBERS

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board election, residents of Wake County voted in various mayoral and city or town council races. All residents also voted on a school bond referendum and residents of Raleigh, North Carolina voted on a transportation bond referendum.[16]

See also

External links

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