Appleton Area School District elections (2014)

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2014 Appleton Area School District Elections

General Election date:
April 1, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Appleton Area School District
Outagamie County, Wisconsin ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Wisconsin
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Three seats on the Appleton Board of Education were up for general election on April 1, 2014. Incumbents Diane Barkmeier and Sharon Fenlon along with challenger Barry O'Connor defeated John DeVantier. Fenlon has served on the board since 1987 and Barkmeier was first elected to the board in 1996.[1]

About the district

See also: Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin
Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, Wisconsin
Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the county seat of Outagamie County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Appleton is home to 72,635 residents.[2] Appleton Area School District is the sixth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 15,194 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[3]


Appleton outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.2 percent of Appleton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Appleton was $52,605 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Appleton was 10.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Appleton (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 87.5 86.2
Black or African American 1.7 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 5.9 2.3
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 48.2 50.0
2008 54.9 43.3

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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Appleton Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in 2015 and another two seats will be on the ballot in 2016.[6]

Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, citizens of the United States and residents of the district at least 10 days before the election. Each candidate submitted at least 100 valid signatures to the Outagamie County Clerk by January 7, 2014.[7]




Election results

Appleton Area School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Fenlon Incumbent 27.3% 4,183
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDiane Barkmeier Incumbent 27.2% 4,172
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarry O'Connor 27.2% 4,164
     Nonpartisan John DeVantier 17.8% 2,731
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 80
Total Votes 15,330
Source: Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Kimm Smith on May 12, 2014.


No candidate received an official endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $1,125.00 and spent a total of $609.93 by the March 25 pre-election reporting deadline, according to the school board secretary.[8] State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[9]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Diane Barkmeier $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
John DeVantier $1,125.00 $609.93 $550.07
Sharon Fenlon $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Barry O'Connor $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Appleton Area School District election in 2014:[10][7]

Deadline Event
December 1, 2013 First day to circulate nominating petitions
January 7, 2014 Last day to submit nominating petitions to county clerk
March 24, 2014 Last day to file pre-election campaign finance report
April 1, 2014 Election day
July 21, 2014 Last day to file continuing campaign finance report

Additional elections on the ballot

The Board of Education election shared the ballot with other local and county elections. Residents of Appleton voted for three members of the City Council. Outagamie County elections on April 1 included two seats on the Wisconsin Circuit Court and 36 county supervisor positions.[11]

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