Bentonville Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Bentonville Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
September 17, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Bentonville Public Schools
Benton County, Arkansas ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Arkansas
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One seat on the school board for Bentonville Public Schools was up for general election on September 17, 2013. Challenger Matt Burgess defeated incumbent Rudy Upshaw to win the Zone 6 seat.

About the district

See also: Bentonville Public Schools, Arkansas
Bentonville Public Schools is located in Benton County, Arkansas
Bentonville Public Schools is located in Benton County, Arkansas. The county seat of Benton County is Bentonville. According to the 2010 US Census, Benton County is home to 232,268 residents.[1]


Benton County outperformed the rest of Arkansas in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Benton County was 11.8 percent compared to 18.4 percent for the entire state. The median household income in Benton County was $52,159 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. The US Census also found that 27.6 percent of Benton County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 19.6 percent in Arkansas.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Benton County (%) Arkansas(%)
White 90.4 80.0
Black or African American 1.8 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.8 0.9
Asian 3.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.3
Two or More Races 2.2 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.9 6.8

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 22,636 54,646
2008 23,331 51,124
2004 20,756 46,571
2000 17,277 34,838

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Bentonville school board consists of seven members elected to five-year terms by geographic electoral districts. There was no primary election and the general election was held on September 17, 2013. One seat was on the ballot in 2013.[4]

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on June 9, 2013. Candidates began to file their petitions on July 2, 2013 and the filing deadline for the 2013 general election was July 9, 2013. Each candidate had to file a petition of candidacy, political practices pledge, affidavit of eligibility and nomination petitions with at least 20 valid signatures to the county clerk.[5]




Zone 6

Election results

Bentonville Public Schools, Zone 6 General Election, 5-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Burgess 56.8% 760
     Nonpartisan Rudy Upshaw Incumbent 43.2% 577
Total Votes 1,337
Source: 5 News Online, "Challenger Beats Incumbent In Bentonville School Board Election," September 17, 2013


No endorsements were made in this election.

Campaign finance

No campaign contributions or expenditures were made in this election.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

There was one seat on the school board up for election on September 17, 2013. Incumbent Rudy Upshaw, who was appointed to the board in 2012, filed for re-election in Zone 6 but was defeated by challenger Matt Burgess.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bentonville Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
June 9, 2013 First day to pick up nominating petitions
July 2, 2013 First day to file nominating petitions
July 9, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
July 15, 2013 Last day to file a Statement of Financial Interest form with the county clerk
August 18, 2013 Last day to register to vote in the annual school election
September 17, 2013 Election day
October 8, 2013 Runoff election day, if necessary

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections and a millage, which was approved by a vote of 8,132 to 3,429. The millage increased taxes by 2.9-mill in order to fund the construction of a second high school in the district.[8]

See also

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