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|Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 1, 2014|
Thompson served as the director of the Rock County Development Disabilities Board until his retirement in 2000.
|Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Kevin Murray Incumbent||29%||4,360|
|Nonpartisan||Bill Sodemann Incumbent||17.4%||2,612|
|Source: Rock County Clerk, "2014 Spring General Election," April 1, 2014|
Thompson was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24 deadline.. 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.
Thompson did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In an interview with The Gazette, Thompson noted his concerns about the board's lack of clear goals:
There has been a lot of emphasis in the paper on bringing in foreign students. My concern is, what's going on with the rest of the things in the school system? You can only spend so much time on different issues, and I'd like to look at what are the real priorities of the board. 
—GazetteXtra (2014), 
What was at stake?
Issues in the election
March 4 candidate forum
The League of Women Voters and the Janesville Area Council PTA hosted a candidate forum on March 4. Every candidate except Fred Jackson attended the forum. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann argued for their re-election bids based on recent progress achieved by the board. Murray believes that the district must retain experienced teachers in order to improve academic performance. Sodemann decided to seek re-election to promote Journey to Excellence, an initiative that uses results in the classroom to assess employee performance.
Challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson emphasized the need for greater communication between district officials, teachers and parents. Eyers suggested that the district has to improve communications with the public regarding new policies. Thompson believed that teachers should be more involved in policy development rather than waiting for policies from the board. He also argued that the state legislature needs to provide more time for the district to meet Common Core curriculum standards.
About the district
- See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- GazetteXtra, "Former Janesville School Board member wants to run again," December 12, 2013
- GazetteXtra, "Five in the running for three Janesville School Board seats," January 8, 2014
- Information submitted through email from Debra Blazer on March 25, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Nick Crow, GazetteXtra," "Janesville School Board candidates tackle issues during forum," March 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Janesville, Wisconsin," accessed January 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Janesville School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large • Diane Eyers • Fred Jackson • Kevin Murray • Bill Sodemann • Dale Thompson|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|