Parkland School District elections (2013)

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2013 Parkland 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
Parkland School District
Lehigh County, Pennsylvania ballot measures
Pennsylvania ballot measures
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Four seats were up for election on the Parkland School Board. Barry Long, Robert M. Cohen, Mark A. Hanichak and David J. Hein won election to the board on November 5, 2013. Voters chose Hein to replace longtime member Jayne Bartlett.[1]

About the district

See also: Parkland School District, Pennsylvania
Parkland School District is located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania
Parkland School District serves K-12 students in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Allentown is the county seat of Lehigh County, which is located in eastern Pennsylvania. The population of Allentown is 118,974 according to the 2010 Census[2]

Demographics

Allentown lagged behind state averages for educational achievement and median household income in the 2010 U.S. Census. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (75.2%) is lower than the state of Pennsylvania (87.9%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Allentown (16.4%) compared to the state overall (26.7%). The median household income in Allentown is $35,737 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Allentown (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 58.5 81.9
Black or African American 12.5 10.8
American Indian and Alaska Native .8 0.2
Asian 2.2 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 5.0 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.8 5.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 53 45
2008 57 42
2004 51 48
2000 50 46

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 Parkland School Board consists of nine members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. There was a primary on May 21, 2013 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were on the ballot in 2013 and five seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015.

Candidates running in the May primary were required to file nominating petitions with the Lehigh County Elections Department by March 12, 2013. The last day for candidates nominated in the primary to withdraw from the ballot was August 12, 2013. Voters could register for the general election through October 7, 2013. The Board of Elections allowed voters to request civilian absentee ballots until October 29, 2013 and accepted these ballots until November 1, 2013.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Robert M. Cohen

  • Incumbent

Democratic PartyRepublican Party Mark A. Hanichak

  • Incumbent
  • Graduate, Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University
  • Vice president, CCS Fundraising

Democratic PartyRepublican Party David J. Hein
Democratic PartyRepublican Party Barry Long

  • Graduate, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Incumbent

Results

General election
Parkland School District, At-large, General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Long Incumbent 25.4% 7,445
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngRobert M. Cohen Incumbent 25.1% 7,350
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngMark A. Hanichak Incumbent 24.8% 7,273
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Hein 24.7% 7,224
Total Votes 29,292
Source: Lehigh County Government Center
Primary
Parkland School District, At-large, Democratic Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert M. Cohen Incumbent 26.7% 835
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Hein 24.6% 770
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMark A. Hanichak Incumbent 24.4% 764
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Long Incumbent 24.4% 764
Total Votes 3,133
Source: Lehigh County Government Center


Parkland School District, At-large, Republican Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Long Incumbent 25.9% 1,763
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert M. Cohen Incumbent 24.8% 1,690
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark A. Hanichak Incumbent 24.8% 1,689
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Hein 24.5% 1,670
Total Votes 6,812
Source: Lehigh County Government Center

Endorsements

No candidates received endorsements during this election.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Lehigh County Voter Registration Department.[6]

Past elections

2011

Parkland School District, At-large, November 8, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Adams 19.5% 6,530
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngRoberta Marcus 19.2% 6,447
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Kennedy 19.2% 6,444
     Cross filed Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bold 18.5% 6,192
     Republican Jef Reyburn 13.4% 4,505
     Democratic Debra Y. Evans 10.1% 3,397
Total Votes 33,515
Source: Lehigh County Government Center

Key deadlines

The following table lists important dates for the Parkland School Board elections:[5]

Deadline Event
February 19, 2013 First day to circulate and file nomination petitions
March 12, 2013 Last day to circulate and file nominating petitions
March 27, 2013 Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions
April 22, 2013 Last day to register before primary
May 14, 2013 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
May 17, 2013 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
May 21, 2013 Municipal primary
May 28, 2013 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
August 12, 2013 Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary
October 7, 2013 Last day to register before the November election
October 29, 2013 Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot
November 1, 2013 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
November 5, 2013 Municipal election

Additional elections on the ballot

The Parkland School Board elections shared the ballot with other local and county elections. Voters in Allentown submitted ballots for Mayor and five seats on the City Council. The ballot also included races for Lehigh County Executive and five seats on the County Commission. Voters also filled four Magisterial District Judges and a Judge of the Superior Court.[7]

See also

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