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|Board member, Francis Howell School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
Cory Simek was incumbents Mike Hoehn, Mark C. Lafata and Mike Sommer and challengers Kimberlyann Granger, Chad Lange, Ralph Moore Rene Cope and Gary Stevenson for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.
Mike Sommer, Rene Cope and Mark Lafata defeated six challengers for three positions on the Francis Howell Board of Education.
|Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014|
|Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014|
Simek did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Simek 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. Incumbents Mike Hoehn, Mike Sommer and Mark C. Lafata were opposed by six challengers.
Issues in the district
Jordin Casey Carter was sentenced to five years supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault while on school property and to four misdemeanors - accessory stalking, assaulting a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting or interfering with an arrest. Last April, Carter and a juvenile followed victim Mollie Bone into the lunch line at the school and punched her in the face, dragged her to the ground by her hair while Carter continued to punch her in the face and head. As a condition of her probation, Carter may not have any contact with the victim. Police say the bullying had gone on for four months before the incident. Carter now attends Francis Howell Union High School for specific learning needs, while Bone has transferred to a school outside of the district.
About the districtSt. Charles County in St. Charles, Missouri. It is located in the third largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Columbia is home to 65,794 residents.
St. Charles underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.3% of St. Charles residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Charles was $57,428 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Columbia was 10.1% compared to 15.0% 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.
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- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Mark Schlinkmann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Probation ordered in bullying/assault case at Francis Howell High," January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "St. Charles (city), Missouri," accessed February 6, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Francis Howell School District Elections|
|St. Charles, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Rene Cope • Kimberlyann Granger • Incumbent, Mike Hoehn • Incumbent, Mark C. Lafata • Chad Lange • Ralph Moore • Cory Simek • Gary Stevenson • Incumbent, Mike Sommer|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|