Saugus Union School District elections (2013)

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2013 Saugus Union 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
California
Saugus Union School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Three seats on the School Board for Saugus Union School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Judy Egan Umeck, Paul De La Cerda and Douglas A. Bryce defeated Chris Trunkey and Stacie L. Allegra for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Saugus Union School District, California
Saugus Union School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
Saugus Union School District is located in central Los Angeles County in Santa Clarita, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Lynwood is home to 176,320 residents.[1]

Demographics

Santa Clarita outperformed in comparison to the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2011, median household income and percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.7% of Santa Clarita residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5% for California as a whole. The median household income in Santa Clarita was $83,579 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Santa Clarita was 7.7% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Lynwood (%) California (%)
White 70.9 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.0
Asian 8.5 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 29.5 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 2,486,479 51.11
Republican 1,048,507 21.55
American Independent 109,055 2.24
Libertarian 25,808 0.53
Peace and Freedom 24,950 0.51
Green 24,534 0.50
Americans Elect 2,583 0.05
Other 262,180 5.39

Demographics

Santa Clarita outperforms 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 bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Santa Clarita was $83,579 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 31.7% of Santa Clarita residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Santa Clarita was 7.7% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 87.7% of Santa Clarita residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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

Saugus Union School District School Board consists of five 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 two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Judy Egan Umeck, Paul De La Cerda and Douglas A. Bryce defeated two challenging candidates for election to the Saugus Union School District School Board.

Saugus Union School District School Board, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Egan Umeck 27% 2,944
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul De La Cerda 24.2% 2,633
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas A. Bryce 19.3% 2,102
     Nonpartisan Chris Trunkey 18.8% 2,044
     Nonpartisan Stacie L. Allegra 10.7% 1,165
Total Votes 10,888
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

The Saugus Teeachers Association officially endorsed Doug Bryce, Paul De La Cerda, and Judy Umeck in the November 5, 2013 election.[6]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats were up for election on the Saugus Union School District School Board. Rose Koscielny and Stephen Samuel Winkler defeated one candidate.

Saugus Union School District School Board, At-large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRose Koscielny 36.9% 2,737
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Samuel Winkler 33.9% 2,518
     Nonpartisan Rose S. Diaz 29.2% 2,164
Total Votes 7,419
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Saugus Union School District Voter Information" accessed October 23, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents including President Judy Egan Umeck, Board Clerk Paul De La Cerda, and Douglas A. Bryce filed seeking re-election, they were challenged by three candidates.

Issues

Board member internet presence controversy

In June 2013, SantaClarita.com revealed that incumbent board member Stephen Winkler maintained a public Youtube profile that had a history of disturbing activity. Winkler who also serves as a substitute teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District and as a private tutor, maintained the profile which expressed support for the actions of Adolph Hitler, threats against women and racist rants against Muslims. The account also included comments which claimed Winkler had a personal history of animal abuse.[7] On June 18, 2013, the Saugus Union School Board removed Winkler from office because the district determined Winkler did not live within the district.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Saugus Union School District 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 Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[10]

See also

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