Modesto City Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Modesto City Schools 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
California
Modesto City Schools
Stanislaus County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Five seats on the School Board for Modesto City Schools were up for district wide elections held on November 5, 2013. Four full term seats were on the ballot as well as an election for an unexpired short term. Sue Zwahlen, Cindy Marks, David Allan and Ruben A. Villalobos defeated Brett McBay and Michael Scheid for four at-large seats. Jordan Dickson defeated three challenging candidates for one short-term seat.

About the district

Location

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Modesto City Schools is located in Stanislaus County, California in Modesto, California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 201,165 residents.[1]

Demographics

Modesto underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree. The median household income in Modesto was $49,852 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 18.7% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Modesto was 18.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 79.4% of Modesto residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 92.3% in California.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Modesto (%) California (%)
White 65.0 57.6
Black or African American 4.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 6.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.0 0.4
Two or More Races 6.3 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 35.5 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 92,788 40.02
Republican 90,002 38.82
Green 698 0.30
Libertarian 1,144 0.49
American Independent 6,442 2.78
Peace and Freedom 682 0.29
Unaffiliated 37,663 16.24
Other 2,437 1.05

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Method of board member selection

Modesto City Schools School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least three members, but no more than four are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 as well as an unexpired short term seat. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

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Election results

On November 5, 2013, candidates Sue Zwahlen, Cindy Marks, David Allan and Ruben A. Villalobos defeated two challenging candidates for four seats on the Modesto City Schools Board of Education.

Modesto City Schools Board of Education, At-large General Election,, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSue Zwahlen 22.4% 18,004
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCindy Marks Incumbent 18.4% 14,747
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRuben A. Villalobos Incumbent 16.6% 13,296
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Allan 16.3% 13,124
     Nonpartisan Brett McBay 14.7% 11,819
     Nonpartisan Michael D. "Mike" Scheid 11.6% 9,348
Total Votes 80,338
Source: Stanislaus County Elections:, "Governing Board Member; Modesto City Schools" Accessed December 13, 2013

Jordan Dickson defeated three challenging candidates for one short term seat on the Modesto City Schools Board of Education.

Modesto City Schools Board of Education, Short term seat General Election,, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJordan Dickson 40.5% 10,082
     Nonpartisan Charlie Grom 35.3% 8,782
     Nonpartisan Dean Smeltzer 13.1% 3,255
     Nonpartisan Fabiola Garcia 11.1% 2,768
Total Votes 24,887
Source: Stanislaus County Elections:, "Governing Board Member; Modesto City Schools" Accessed December 13, 2013

Endorsements

Brett McBay has received official endorsements from Congressman Jeff Denham, CA Assembly member Kristen Olsen and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.[6]

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder.

Election history

2011

Modesto City Schools Board of Education, At-large General Election,, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Flores Hallinan 16.1% 11,205
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Grenbeaux 14.6% 10,128
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Elliott Neumann 12.7% 8,812
     Nonpartisan Solange G. Altman 12.6% 8,789
     Nonpartisan Mylinda Mason 11.4% 7,903
     Nonpartisan Josh Vander Veen 9.6% 6,691
     Nonpartisan Bill Mussman 9.4% 6,565
     Nonpartisan Rickey McGill 8.2% 5,724
     Nonpartisan Brian Du Bois 5.3% 3,707
Total Votes 69,524
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Modesto City Schools Voter Information" Accessed October 4, 2013

What was at stake?

Four full term seats and one short term seat are up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the President and Board Clerk. Three incumbent members filed for re-election, Ruben A. Villalobos, Sue Zwahlen and Cindy Marks.

Issues

Increasing security resources

The Modesto City School Board discussed increasing school security by possibly hiring private security officers in order to offset the decrease in school resource officers from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department. The district has also applied for a federal grant to provide them with funding to hire four police officers to serve in Modesto City High Schools. The district has renewed their contract with the Modesto Police Department to provide four officers that serve the district as school resource officers.[7] The district received widespread attention earlier in the year when a fourth grade student produced a "kill list" of their classmates.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Modesto City Schools election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Stanislaus County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Council and Irrigation Districts.[10]

See also

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