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.
- See also: Fargo Public Schools elections (2014)
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.
|Fargo Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Linda Boyd Incumbent||12.2%||5,427|
|Nonpartisan||Dinah Goldenberg Incumbent||9.9%||4,426|
|Nonpartisan||Tyler Jon Anderson||7.1%||3,143|
|Nonpartisan||Teri-Lee C. James||5.1%||2,284|
|Source: North Dakota Secretary of State, "Fargo School District Election Results," June 25, 2014|
Kamel did not report any contributions or expenditures to the district office. Candidates are not required by state law to file campaign finance reports.
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. 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.
About the district
- See also: Fargo Public Schools, North Dakota
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.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Fargo (%)||North Dakota (%)|
|Black or African American||2.7||1.2|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||1.4||5.4|
|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, 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.
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- Concordia College, "Ahmed Kamel," accessed April 15, 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "Board Election 2014," accessed April 11, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "Running for School District Office," March 2014
- Fargo Public Schools, "Fargo Board of Education Memo #123," May 13, 2014
- Watchdog.org, "ND district will use tax dollars to fight school choice, protect Common Core," May 14, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Fargo, North Dakota," accessed April 11, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Fargo Public Schools Elections|
|Fargo, North Dakota|
|Election date:||June 10, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Teri-Lee C. James • Jennifer Benson • David Paulson • Scott Dahms • Rebecca Knutson • Dinah Goldenberg • Linda Boyd • Ahmed Kamel • Marty Livingood • Brian Martin • Tyler Jon Anderson|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|