Spartanburg County School District 6 elections (2013)

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2013 Spartanburg County School District 6 Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 6

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Five seats on the Spartanburg County School District 6 School Board were up for election on November 5, 2013.

Mike Crook, Dale Evans, Michael Forrester, Kevin Harrison and Mary Lou Hightower ran unopposed for the five at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Spartanburg County School District 6, South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 6 is located in Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Spartanburg County School District 6 is located in Spartanburg County, which is in Northwestern South Carolina. The county is home to 288,745 residents.[1]


The county underperforms the state in median household income and higher education, but outperforms the state in poverty rate. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Spartanburg County is $43,563 compared to South Carolina's statewide median of $44,587. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Spartanburg County is 16.2% while the state rate is 17.0%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Spartanburg County is 20.4% compared to the state average of 24.2%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Spartanburg County (%) South Carolina (%)
White 74.9 68.4
Black or African American 20.9 28.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 2.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.5 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 6.1 5.3

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 37.8 60.9
2008 39.0 60.0
2004 34.8 64.1
2000 35.4 62.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[3][4]

Method of board member selection

The Spartanburg County School District 6 School Board consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. The members of the board are elected at-large by voters in the district. The general election was held on November 5, 2013. Five seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining four seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.




Election results

Spartanburg County School District 2, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Forrester Incumbent 18.3% 957
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Lou Hightower Incumbent 18.1% 948
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDale Evans Incumbent 17.9% 934
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Harrison Incumbent 17.7% 925
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Crook Incumbent 16.9% 884
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 11.2% 584
Total Votes 5,232
Source: Spartanburg County, "Office of Registration and Election," accessed December 17, 2013

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $1,492.15 and spent a total of $1,492.15 during the election, according to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission.[5]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Mike Crook $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Dale Evans $294.15 $294.15 $0.00
Michael Forrester $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Kevin Harrison $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mary Lou Hightower $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $0.00


No candidates received any official endorsements for their campaigns.

What was at stake?

Five seats on the Spartanburg School District 6 school board were at stake in the upcoming election. All five incumbents sought re-election and were the only candidates in the race.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Spartanburg County School District 6 School Board election.[6]

Deadline Event
March 15, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
July 15, 2013 Last day to file candidate petitions
August 15, 2013 Petition candidates must be certified by this date
October 6, 2013 Last day an elector may register to vote or make change to their voting record to be eligible for the General Election
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to school board representatives, residents of Spartanburg County School District 6 voted in Mayoral, City Council, and Comm. Of Public Works races on November 5, 2013.[7]

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2010 Census: Quick Facts, "Chester County," accessed October 15, 2013"
  2. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed August 9, 2013
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  4. 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.
  5. State Ethics Commission," "Public Disclosure and Accountability Reporting," accessed December 26, 2013
  6. "South Carolina Election Commission," "2012 Election Calendar," accessed October 21, 2013
  7. Henry Laye, Candidates for Nov 5 2013, accessed October 22, 2013