David Cheezem

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David Cheezem
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School Board Member, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board, Seat G
Former Member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 1, 2013
Appointed byMatanuska-Susitna Borough School Board
Term limitsN/A
Master'sUniversity of Alaska: Anchorage
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David Cheezem was the seat G member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board. He was appointed to the position in 2013 and was defeated by challenger Ray Michaelson in the October 1, 2013 general election.


David Cheezem graduated from the University of Alaska:Anchorage with a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. He is the co-owner of Fireside Books and GoodBooksBadCoffee.com in Palmer, AK. He was first appointed to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board in 2013.



See also: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Elections (2013)


Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, Seat G, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRay Michaelson 53.3% 5,183
     Nonpartisan David Cheezum Incumbent 45.1% 4,391
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 1.6% 154
Total Votes 9,728
Source: Matanuska Susitna Borough, "October 2013 General Election Unofficial Results," accessed November 21, 2013


As of September 25, 2013, Cheezem had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions to the Alaska Secretary of State.[1]


David Cheezem did not receive any official endorsements.

About the district

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The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is located approximately 35 miles north of Anchorage in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in an area commonly known as the “Valley.” The district spans approximately 25,000 square miles, an area larger than the entire state of West Virginia. According to the 2010 Census it is home to approximately 88,995 residents.[2]


Matanuska-Susitna Borough underperforms the rest of Alaska based on percentage of people below poverty level, but outperforms the rest of Alaska in high school graduation rates and median household income. The median household income for Matanuska-Susitna Borough is $70,343 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Matanuska-Susitna Borough is 9.7% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 92.3% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 91.4% of Alaska residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 20.9% of Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 27.2% for the state of Alaska.

2010 Census Data for Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska[3]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 84.8% 67.5%
Black or African American 1.2% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 5.8% 14.8%
Asian 1.4% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3 1.2%
Two or more race 6.4% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 4.1% 6.1%

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