Youngers has her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kansas. She was previously a manufacturing engineer at Hallmark Cards and is currently a stay-at-home mom. She has served on numerous committees and councils throughout the community. She and her husband, Loren, have two daughters.
Youngers received $1,512.45 in campaign contributions and spent $1,408.62, leaving her with $103.83 on hand. She was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Youngers was endorsed by the Missouri National Education Association.
|North Kansas City Schools, At-large, 1-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Lee Morris||6.5%||454|
|Source: Clay County, Missouri, "April 2013 General Election Official Results," accessed February 10, 2014|
What was at stake?
Two seats on the North Kansas City school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbent and Board President Joe Jacobs and challenger Dixie Youngers defeated challenger Brian Mercer for the two available seats. Incumbent Kevin Corlew initially filed for his seat, but withdrew after deciding to run for Missouri House District 14.
Issues in the district
In November 2013, two North Kansas City elementary schools opted to implement year-round school in order to see greater achievement gains. Rather than getting a three-month summer break, students will get a few week break in May and July; the implementation process could begin as early as 2015. North Kansas City Schools will be the only district in Missouri to have year-round school.
About the districtClay County, Missouri. The county seat of Clay County is Liberty. The county's population was 221,939 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
Clay County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.6% of Clay County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Clay County had a median income of $60,560 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Clay County was 8.3% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.