Ahmed Kamel

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Ahmed Kamel
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Board member, Fargo Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 10, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCairo University
Master'sCairo University
Ph.D.Michigan State University
Personal
ProfessionProfessor
Ahmed Kamel was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Fargo Board of Education in North Dakota. He lost election against 10 other candidates for five available seats in the general election on June 10, 2014.

Biography

Kamel holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in computer engineering from Cairo University. He later earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Michigan State University. Kamel has been an associate professor of computer science at Concordia College since 2008.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Fargo Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Ahmed Kamel ran against incumbents Dinah Goldenberg and Linda Boyd as well as eight challengers in the general election on June 10, 2014. The list of challengers included Jennifer Benson, Teri-Lee C. James, David Paulson, Rebecca Knutson, Scott Dahms, Marty Livingood, Brian Martin and Tyler Jon Anderson. Board members Rusty Papacheck, Rick Steen and Kris Wallman did not file for re-election.[2]

Results

Fargo Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRebecca Knutson 13.2% 5,874
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Boyd Incumbent 12.2% 5,427
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Benson 11.5% 5,142
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDinah Goldenberg Incumbent 9.9% 4,426
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Paulson 9.7% 4,324
     Nonpartisan Brian Martin 9.2% 4,115
     Nonpartisan Scott Dahms 8.5% 3,769
     Nonpartisan Marty Livingood 7.3% 3,260
     Nonpartisan Tyler Jon Anderson 7.1% 3,143
     Nonpartisan Ahmed Kamel 6% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Teri-Lee C. James 5.1% 2,284
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 138
Total Votes 44,573
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State, "Fargo School District Election Results," June 25, 2014

Funding

Kamel did not report any contributions or expenditures to the district office. Candidates are not required by state law to file campaign finance reports.[3]

Endorsements

Kamel did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Board priorities in 2015

The Fargo Board of Education approved a memorandum on May 13, 2014 related to the district's priorities during the North Dakota Legislature's 2015 session. This memo detailed seven areas of discussion for the 2014-2015 school year including increased funding for English Language Learners (ELL) and advocacy for state aid adjustments that use fall enrollments rather than enrollment figures from the previous year. The memorandum also indicated consensus among board members to oppose efforts at private school vouchers and levy restrictions on the building fund. Board members also agreed to oppose any efforts to eliminate Common Core standards in the upcoming legislative session.[4] State Representative Mark Dosch (R) was a proponent of a school choice bill during the 2013 legislative session. He expressed disappointment in the board's memo in an interview with Watchdog.org, arguing that the board was more concerned about state aid rather than school quality.[5]

About the district

See also: Fargo Public Schools, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools is located in Cass County, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools is located in Fargo, North Dakota, the county seat of Cass County. Fargo is home to 109,779 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] Fargo Public Schools is the second-largest school district in North Dakota, serving 10,755 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]

Demographics

Fargo outperformed in comparison to the rest of North Dakota in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.0 percent of Fargo residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.1 percent for North Dakota as a whole. The median household income in Fargo was $44,304 compared to $51,641 for the state of North Dakota. The poverty rate in Fargo was 16.0 percent compared to 12.1 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Fargo (%) North Dakota (%)
White 90.2 90.0
Black or African American 2.7 1.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 5.4
Asian 3.0 1.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 2.2 2.0

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.[8]

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