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Charles Woods
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Board member, Hazelwood School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2005
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSoutheast Missouri State University
Master'sSouthern Illinois University
ProfessionRetired principal
Office website
Charles Woods was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Hazelwood School District school board in Missouri. Woods was opposed by two incumbents and two challengers for three seats in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Charles Woods is a retired elementary school principal. Woods earned his Bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master's and specialist degrees from Southern Illinois University. Woods is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and has been recognized by the North Star District with the Polaris Award.[1]



See also: Hazelwood School District elections (2014)


Charles Woods was opposed by incumbents Ann Gibbons and Brenda C. Youngblood and challengers Donna Harrell-Saddler and David J. Pilla for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Ann Gibbons, Charles Woods and Brenda C. Youngblood defeated two challengers in the general election on April 8, 2014.

Hazelwood School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Youngblood Incumbent 27.8% 3,869
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Gibbons Incumbent 22.7% 3,156
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Woods Incumbent 22% 3,064
     Nonpartisan Donna Harrell-Saddler 14.5% 2,010
     Nonpartisan David J. Pilla 13% 1,808
Total Votes 13,907
Source: St. Louis County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


Woods did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Woods did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. The election featured incumbents Brenda C. Youngblood, Charles Woods and Ann Gibbons facing two challengers.[3]

Issues in the district

Guns on campus

Two students were arrested on January 22, 2014 after two handguns were found inside a parked car in the Hazelwood Central High School parking lot. A school administrators and two school resource officers were drawn to the location by a reported commotion. The school resource officers searched the vehicle and found two handguns underneath the drivers seat. Two former Hazelwood students fled the scene, while two current Hazelwood students were taken into custody for questioning and later arrested. Hazelwood school officials requested extra security officer be present during student arrival and dismissal.[4]

About the district

See also: Hazelwood School District, Missouri
Hazelwood School District is located in St. Louis County, Mo.
Hazelwood School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Louis County. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. St. Louis County is home to 1,001,444 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Hazelwood School District was the eighth-largest school district in Missouri and served 17,772 students.[6]


St. Louis County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.6 percent of St. Louis County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Louis County was $58,910 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 10.9 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race St. Louis County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.3 83.7
Black or African American 23.7 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 3.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Louis County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 297,097 224,742
2008 333,123 221,705
2004 295,284 244,969
2000 250,631 224,689

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

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