Downingtown Area School District elections (2013)

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2013 Downingtown Area School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District
Local ballot measures, Pennsylvania
Chester County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
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Four seats on the Downingtown 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.

Barbara Hurt-Simmons ran unopposed and won in Region 2. Bob Yorczyk defeated John Ganski for the Region 4 seat, while Suzanne DiVito Simonelli won the Region 6 seat by overcoming Dawn Richter. Barbara Albright defeated Jason Benfield for the Region 8 seat.

About the district

See also: Downingtown Area School District, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, which is in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is home to 506,575 residents.[1]

Demographics

The county outperforms the state in median household income, poverty rate, and higher education. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Chester County is $86,264 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Chester County is 6.1% while the state rate is 12.6%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Chester County is 48.1% compared to the state average of 26.7%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Chester County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 87.7 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.0 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 49.7
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 52.0 43.7
2000 53.3 43.7


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Downingtown Area School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected by voters in nine district regions. The primary election for the Downingtown Area School Board was held on May 21, 2013 and the general election was scheduled for November 5, 2013. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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Election results

Downingtown Area School District, Region 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Hurt-Simmons Incumbent 98.2% 725
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.8% 13
Total Votes 738
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


Downingtown Area School District, Region 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Yorczyk Incumbent 59.9% 595
     Democrat John Ganski 40.1% 398
Total Votes 993
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13 2013


Downingtown Area School District, Region 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Divito Simonelli Incumbent 57.8% 487
     Democrat Dawn Richter 42.2% 356
Total Votes 843
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


Downingtown Area School District, Region 8 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Albright 56% 487
     Democrat Jason Benfield 44% 382
Total Votes 869
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13, 2013


Downingtown Area School District Region 2 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Hurt-Simons 99.4% 351
     Republican Write-In 0.6% 2
Total Votes 353
Source: Chester County Election Results


Downingtown Area School District Region 2 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Hurt-Simons 97.6% 80
     Democrat Write-In 2.4% 2
Total Votes 82
Source: Chester County Election Results



Downingtown Area School District Region 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Yorczyk 77.4% 223
     Republican John C. Ganski 21.9% 63
     Republican Write-In 0.7% 2
Total Votes 288
Source: Chester County Election Results


Downingtown Area School District Region 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Ganski 57.9% 73
     Democrat Bob Yorczyk 39.7% 50
     Democrat Write-In 2.4% 3
Total Votes 126
Source: Chester County Election Results



Downingtown Area School District Region 6 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Divito Simonelli 56.9% 156
     Republican Dawn C. Richter 43.1% 118
     Republican Write-In 0% 0
Total Votes 274
Source: Chester County Election Results


Downingtown Area School District Region 6 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngDawn C. Richter 56.3% 85
     Democrat Suzanne Divito Simonelli 42.4% 64
     Democrat Write-In 1.3% 2
Total Votes 151
Source: Chester County Election Results



Downingtown Area School District Region 8 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteven P. Wisniewski 60.7% 133
     Republican Jason Benfield 39.3% 86
     Republican Write-In 0% 0
Total Votes 219
Source: Chester County Election Results


Downingtown Area School District Region 8 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJason Benfield 57.9% 77
     Democrat Steven P. Wisniewski 41.4% 55
     Democrat Write-In 0.8% 1
Total Votes 133
Source: Chester County Election Results


Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported for the election, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[5]

Endorsements

No candidates received any official endorsements.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Downingtown Area School Board were at stake in the November election, including Vice President Barbara Hurt-Simmons' seat. Incumbents Hurt-Simmons, Bob Yorczyk and Suzanne DiVito Simonelli sought re-election. The new board will need to address continuing financial challenges in the district.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Downingtown Area School Board election:[6]

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 Downingtown Area School District had statewide, countywide and citywide items on the ballot. They voted on a Judge of the Superior Court and Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in statewide races. They also voted for treasurer, coroner, controller and clerk of courts in countywide races. There was also mayoral, council, tax collector, judge of election and inspector of election races in various townships and boroughs.[7]

See also

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