Denise Fears

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Denise Fears
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Board member, Independence School Board, At-large
Term ends
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Appointed byIndependence Board of Education
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionFounder, Fears Case-Harmon & Assoc, LLC
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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

See also: Independence School District, Missouri
Independence School District is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Independence School District is located in north-west Missouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Independence School District was the 12th-largest school district in Missouri and served 14,764 students.[6]


Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson 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 Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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