Visalia Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Visalia Unified 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
Visalia Unified School District
Tulare County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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Four seats on the School Board for Visalia Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. The district switched from five trustee areas to seven trustee areas in November 2011 and this is the first election for four seats under the new rules. Charles Ulmschneider defeated Elda Balderas for the District 1 seat, while Juan R. Guerrero and Jim L. Qualls won unopposed races for District 2 and District 3 respectively. John L. Crabtree defeated David Alviso for the District 4 seat.

About the district

See also: Visalia Unified School District, California
Visalia Unified School District is located in Tulare County, California
Visalia Unified School District is located in Tulare County in Visalia, California. It is located in the 18th largest county in California. According to the 2010 United States Census, Visalia is home to 124,442 residents.[1]

Demographics

Visalia underperformed 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 21.4% of Visalia 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 Visalia was $54,019 compared to $61,400 for the state of California. The poverty rate in Visalia was 17.2% compared to 15.3% for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Visalia (%) California (%)
White 64.5 57.6
Black or African American 2.1 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 5.4 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 4.6 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 46.0 37.6

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 49,183 33.95
Republican 63,336 43.72
American Independent 4,826 3.33
Libertarian 737 0.51
Peace and Freedom 454 0.31
Green 474 0.33
Americans Elect 13 0.01
Other 265 0.18

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

Visalia Unified School District School Board consists of seven members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent geographic areas of district referred to as "Trustee Areas." 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. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Trustee Area 1
Trustee Area 2
Trustee Area 3
Trustee Area 4

Election results

Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, District Area 1 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Ulmschneider 54.8% 1,021
     Nonpartisan Elda Balderas 45.2% 841
Total Votes 1,862
Source: Tulare County, "Final Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013
Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, District Area 2 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJuan R. Guerrero 94.1% 744
     Nonpartisan Write In 5.9% 47
Total Votes 791
Source: Tulare County, "Final Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013
Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, District Area 3 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim L. Qualls 96.7% 1,360
     Nonpartisan Write In 3.3% 46
Total Votes 1,406
Source: Tulare County, "Final Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013
Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, District Area 4 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn L. Crabtree 52.4% 809
     Nonpartisan David Alviso 47.6% 735
Total Votes 1,544
Source: Tulare County, "Final Official Results," accessed December 13, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Tulare County Registrar of Voters.

Endorsements

Elda Balderas has received official endorsements from Visalia Unified Teachers Association and Grow Elect. David Alviso has received official endorsements from Visalia Unified Teachers Association and Central Labor Council. No other candidates have disclosed official endorsements.[5]

Past elections

2011

On November 8, 2011, three seats were up for election in three trustee areas on the Visalia Unified School District Board of Education. Donna Baker Martin, Lucia D. Vazquez and William A. Fulmer won three trustee area races.

Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Baker Martin 59.6% 1,428
     Nonpartisan Desmond Farrelly 22.5% 539
     Nonpartisan Michael G. Cortes 17.9% 428
Total Votes 2,395
Source: PG Archiver, "Final Tulare County election results" accessed October 28, 2013
Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 6 General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLucia D. Vazquez 100% 415
Total Votes 415
Source: PG Archiver, "Final Tulare County election results" accessed October 28, 2013
Visalia Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 7 General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam A. Fulmer 76.1% 1,459
     Nonpartisan Miguel Fierro 10.8% 207
     Nonpartisan Lita Reid 13% 250
Total Votes 1,916
Source: PG Archiver, "Final Tulare County election results" accessed October 28, 2013

What was at stake?

Four trustee area seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Two incumbents, Jim L. Qualls and Charles Ulmschneider have filed seeking re-election. Qualls is unopposed and Ulmschneider is opposed by Elda Balderas.

Issues

Solar project

The Visalia Unified School District broke ground on a $4 million project that would provide twelve district schools with power. Using funds from Measure E, the project began in June 2013. The project is expected to save the district $700,000 in energy costs over the first year and an expected $15 million over the next 25 years. Southern California Edison will pay the district $2.3 million in rebates over the next five years, helping to offset the initial cost to the district. This projects follows a trend of schools in the San Joaquin Valley that are adopting solar power in an effort to lower operating costs.[6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Visalia Unified School District election in 2013:[7]

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 7, 2013 First day to vote by mail
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 Tulare County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for three seats on the Visalia City Council, irrigation districts and utlity director positions.[8]

See also

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