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Saugus Union School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Saugus Union School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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
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.
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.
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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.
- Stacie L. Allegra
- Domestic engineer
- Douglas A. Bryce
- Incumbent board member
- Paul De La Cerda
- Incumbent board member
- Chris Trunkey
- Chief financial officer
- Judy Egan Umeck
- Incumbent board member
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|
|Nonpartisan||Judy Egan Umeck||27%||2,944|
|Nonpartisan||Paul De La Cerda||24.2%||2,633|
|Nonpartisan||Douglas A. Bryce||19.3%||2,102|
|Nonpartisan||Stacie L. Allegra||10.7%||1,165|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 13, 2013|
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
The Saugus Teeachers Association officially endorsed Doug Bryce, Paul De La Cerda, and Judy Umeck in the November 5, 2013 election.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Stephen Samuel Winkler||33.9%||2,518|
|Nonpartisan||Rose S. Diaz||29.2%||2,164|
|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.
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. On June 18, 2013, the Saugus Union School Board removed Winkler from office because the district determined Winkler did not live within the district.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Saugus Union School District election in 2013:
|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.
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- Saugus Union School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
- United States Census Bureau, "Santa Clarita (city), California," accessed October 2, 2013
- California Secretary of State, "Report of Registration as of February 10, 2013 - Registration by County," accessed January 7, 2014
- US Census Bureau, "Santa Clarita, California Quick Facts" accessed October 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Saugus Union, "BYLAWS OF THE BOARD" accessed October 23, 2013
- SaugusTeachers.com, "Announcements," accessed October 23, 2013
- Mike Devlin SantaClarita.com, "Saugus USD Trustee Linked to Disturbing Online Presence," June 9, 2013
- Amy Powell ABCLocal.com, "Stephen Winkler removed from Saugus school board over address," June 18, 2013
- LA Votes, "TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS " accessed October 23, 2013
- LA Vote, "FINAL LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT" accessed October 23, 2013