|Board member, Fayette County Board of Education, District 4|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 4, 2014|
Diane Basham is a Republican District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education in Georgia. She defeated challenger Jane L. Owens in the Republican runoff election on July 22, 2014. She was originally supposed to face John Kimbell in the runoff election, however Kimbell withdrew after a lack of qualification was discovered that he needed to run in the first place. She defeated Democratic challenger Ogechi Oparah in the general election on November 4, 2014.
The November 4, 2014, general election in Fayette County Board of Education featured two seats up for election. In the District 4 race, Republican candidate Diane Basham faced Democratic candidate Ogechi Oparah, who was unopposed in the primary election on May 20, 2014. In District 5, Democratic incumbent Leonard Presberg challenged Republican candidate Dean B. Dunton. They were both unopposed in the primary.
|Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia General Election," November 12, 2014|
|Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 Primary Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Republican||Jane L. Owens||39.8%||939|
|Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary Election Runoff," July 28, 2014|
|Fayette County Board of Education, District 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Republican||Jane L. Owens||23%||360|
|Republican||Mindette “Mindy” Fredrickson||16.3%||254|
|Source: Fayette County Election Results, "State of Georgia Primary and NonPartisan General Election ," May 27, 2014|
Basham did not file a campaign finance report with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission in this election.
Basham did not receive any endorsements during the election.
About the districtFayette County, Georgia. The county seat of Fayette County is Fayetteville. Fayette County is home to 106,567 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Fayette County Board of Education is the 20th-largest school district in Georgia, serving 20,223 students during the 2013-2014 school year.
Fayette County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Georgia in terms of higher education achievement and median household income in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 42.1 percent of Fayette County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.8 percent for Georgia as a whole. The median household income in Fayette County was $81,242 compared to $49,604 for the state of Georgia. The poverty rate in Fayette County was 6.7 percent compared to 17.4 percent 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Fayette Daily News, "Kimbell out of Board of Ed. race; runoff now between Basham and Owens," June 2, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Fayette County, Georgia," accessed May 14, 2014
- Georgia Department of Education, "Enrollment by Ethnicity/Race , Gender and Grade Level (PK-12)," accessed July 2, 2014
- Georgia Secretary of State, "Current and Past Election Results," accessed July 1, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Fayette County Board of Education Elections|
|Fayette County, Georgia|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 4: • Diane Basham • Mindette “Mindy” Fredrickson • John Kimbell • Ogechi Oparah • Jane L. Owens |
District 5: • Dean B. Dunton • Leonard Presberg
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|