Denise Fears

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Denise Fears
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Board member, Independence School Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Appointed byIndependence Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionFounder, Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC
Office website
Personal website
Denise Fears is an incumbent and was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Independence School District school board in Missouri. Fears was opposed by three challengers for two seats in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Denise Fears is a founding partner and manager of Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC, an accounting firm. Fears is married to her husband and they have three children. Fears earned her Bachelor's degree from Graceland University.[1]



See also: Independence School District elections (2014)


Denise Fears was opposed by challengers Blake Roberson, Dennis Tharp and Ron Thornbury for two at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Denise Fears and Blake Roberson defeated two challengers in the general election on April 8, 2014.

Independence School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Roberson Incumbent 44.1% 6,067
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Fears 33.1% 4,552
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRon Thornbury 22.3% 3,065
     Nonpartisan Unofficial Write in Votes 0.5% 66
Total Votes 13,750
Source: Jackson County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


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


Fears did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

What was at stake?

Two seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014.[3]

Issues in the district

Accepting students from unaccredited districts

The Independence School district remains undecided on whether it will accept students transferring from the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools district. It is estimated that 9,000 students from KCPS will be seeking transfer outside of the district after the district lost accreditation in 2011. Independence has a contingency plan to work with the National Student Clearinghouse to assist in enrolling incoming students, assess classroom and school capacity limits and accommodate the influx.[4]

About the district

Independence School District, Missouri
Independence School District is located in Jackson County in Independence, Missouri. It is located in the second largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Independence is home to 116,830 residents.[5]


Independence underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.4% of Independence 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 Independence was $44,847 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Independence was 16.1% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Independence (%) Missouri (%)
White 85.7 82.8
Black or African American 5.6 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.0 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 7.7 3.5

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.[6]

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