|Board member, Kanawha County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 13, 2014|
|Bachelor's||West Virginia University|
|Master's||West Virginia University|
Jordan is a lifelong resident of Charleston. She is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School, received a Bachelor's and Master's' in Social Work from West Virginia University. Jordan has been employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker with Thomas Memorial Hospital, a Substance Abuse Counselor with the Department of Corrections, a Rehabilitation Specialist and a Child Protective Services worker with the Department of Health and Human Resources. She has been a very active parent volunteer in Kanawha County Schools for many years. Jordan resides in Charleston with her husband Andrew, stepdaughters Stephanie and Emily, and children Tyler and Ann Dickinson.
- See also: Kanawha County Schools elections (2014)
|Kanawha County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Pete Thaw Incumbent||19.3%||12,101|
|Nonpartisan||Becky Jordan Incumbent||15.2%||9,552|
|Source: West Virginia Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed June 23, 2014|
Jordan did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the West Virginia Secretary of State.
Jordan did not received any official endorsements for her campaign.
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Kanawha County board of education were at stake in the election on May 13, 2014. Incumbents Pete Thaw and Becky Jordan sought re-election against newcomers Curtis Robinson, Ryan White, Vic Sprouse, Tracy White and Calvin McKinney.
Issues in the district
Bottled water vs. tap water
In March 2014, the district made the decision to use tap water for drinking and cooking for the first time since the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Since the spill in January 2014, schools kept drinking fountains covered and provided bottled water for students. The decision to stop providing bottled water came after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin lifted a state of emergency for the county and requested additional tests for traces of crude MCHM at more than 100 schools across the state. All but one school came back at non-detect levels at a 2 parts per billion screening level. The screening level was stricter than Tomblin's initial 10 parts per billion level and 500 times more protective than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 1 part per million recommendation. Because crude MCHM wasn't detected at the strict screening levels, Kanawha County school officials lifted the ban on tap water. Kanawha County Superintendent Ron Duerring said parents who do not want their children using tap water will need to send a note to their principal or teacher.
Some parents in the district were not happy they did not have notification of the decision sooner. Karan Ireland, a mother of two Kanawha County students, organized Citizens Actively Protecting the Environment and is encouraging members to push the county to provide bottled water for the remainder of the year. She believes the district deliberately did not give her group the opportunity to organize and that had parents been given that opportunity, they could have taken an inventory of the remaining bottled water and mobilized donation drives to bring in more supplies. She believes that many people do not drink tap water in their homes, and therefore students should not be drinking it in schools.
About the district
- See also: Kanawha County Schools, West Virginia
Kanawha County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 24.3% of Kanawha County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 17.9% for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Kanawha County was $45,642 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Kanawha County was 14.2% compared to 17.6% for the entire state.
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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- Kanawha County Schools, "Board of Education," accessed March 7, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State, "Elections," accessed March 6, 2014
- Samuel Speciale, Charleston Daily Mail, "Schools in Kanawha County begin to use tap water," March 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Kanawha County, West Virginia," accessed March 6, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed March 5, 2014
- West Virginia Secretary of State," West Virginia Voter Registration," accessed March 6, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Kanawha County Schools Elections|
|Kanawha County, West Virginia|
|Election date:||May 13, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Curtis Robinson • Ryan White • Vic Sprouse • Pete Thaw • Becky Jordan • Tracy White • Calvin McKinney|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|