Fargo Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Fargo Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
June 10, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools
Cass County, North Dakota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, North Dakota
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Five seats on the Fargo Board of Education were up for general election on June 10, 2014. Incumbents Dinah Goldenberg and Linda Boyd and challengers Rebecca Knutson, Jennifer Benson and David Paulson defeated six other candidates. Board members Rusty Papacheck, Rick Steen and Kris Wallman did not file for re-election.[1]

About the district

See also: Fargo Public Schools, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools is located in Cass County, North Dakota
Fargo Public Schools is located in Fargo, North Dakota, the county seat of Cass County. Fargo is home to 109,779 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Fargo Public Schools is the second-largest school district in North Dakota, serving 10,755 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]


Fargo outperformed in comparison to the rest of North Dakota in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.0 percent of Fargo residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.1 percent for North Dakota as a whole. The median household income in Fargo was $44,304 compared to $51,641 for the state of North Dakota. The poverty rate in Fargo was 16.0 percent compared to 12.1 percent for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2010[2]
Race Fargo (%) North Dakota (%)
White 90.2 90.0
Black or African American 2.7 1.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 5.4
Asian 3.0 1.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 2.2 2.0

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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Fargo Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on June 10, 2014. The district works with Cass County to schedule the election for the statewide primary in even-numbered years. Four seats will be up for election in 2016.[1]

Board candidates filed statements of intent as well as a statement of financial interests with the school board secretary by April 7, 2014. State law does not require board candidates to file campaign finance reports. Write-in candidates are not required by state law to register prior to the general election.[5]




  • Teri-Lee C. James Defeatedd
    • Graduate, University of Tennessee
    • Veterinarian
  • Jennifer Benson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
    • Senior business specialist, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • David Paulson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Retired teacher
  • Scott Dahms Defeatedd
    • Graduate, North Dakota State University
    • Owner, Dahms Design
  • Rebecca Knutson Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, North Dakota State University
    • Owner, Rebecca Knutson Consulting
  • Dinah Goldenberg Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Community volunteer
  • Linda Boyd Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Minnesota State University-Moorhead
    • Executive director, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
  • Ahmed Kamel Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Cairo University and Michigan State University
    • Associate professor of computer science, Concordia College
  • Marty Livingood Defeatedd
    • Graduate, Mayville State University and University of North Dakota
    • Former high school teacher
  • Brian Martin Defeatedd
    • Principal partner, Martin Mechanical Design Inc.
  • Tyler Jon Anderson Defeatedd
    • Graduate, North Dakota State University
    • Project manager, Eide Bailly
    • Veteran, U.S. Army

Election results

Fargo Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRebecca Knutson 13.2% 5,874
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Boyd Incumbent 12.2% 5,427
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Benson 11.5% 5,142
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDinah Goldenberg Incumbent 9.9% 4,426
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Paulson 9.7% 4,324
     Nonpartisan Brian Martin 9.2% 4,115
     Nonpartisan Scott Dahms 8.5% 3,769
     Nonpartisan Marty Livingood 7.3% 3,260
     Nonpartisan Tyler Jon Anderson 7.1% 3,143
     Nonpartisan Ahmed Kamel 6% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Teri-Lee C. James 5.1% 2,284
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 138
Total Votes 44,573
Source: North Dakota Secretary of State, "Fargo School District Election Results," June 25, 2014


No candidates received an official endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the district office. Candidates are not required by state law to file campaign finance reports.[5]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Board priorities in 2015

The Fargo Board of Education approved a memorandum on May 13, 2014 related to the district's priorities during the North Dakota Legislature's 2015 session. This memo detailed seven areas of discussion for the 2014-2015 school year including increased funding for English Language Learners (ELL) and advocacy for state aid adjustments that use fall enrollments rather than enrollment figures from the previous year. The memorandum also indicated consensus among board members to oppose efforts at private school vouchers and levy restrictions on the building fund. Board members also agreed to oppose any efforts to eliminate Common Core standards in the upcoming legislative session.[6] State Representative Mark Dosch (R) was a proponent of a school choice bill during the 2013 legislative session. He expressed disappointment in the board's memo in an interview with Watchdog.org, arguing that the board was more concerned about state aid rather than school quality.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Fargo Public Schools election in 2014:[8]

Deadline Event
April 7, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates
May 1, 2014 Earliest date for absentee ballot access
June 10, 2014 Election day
June 20, 2014 Certification of results by county auditor

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shared the ballot with county races for commission, auditor, sheriff, treasurer and state's attorney. Voters chose between The Forum of Fargo-Moorehead and the Cass County Reporter for the county's official newspaper. The ballot also included primary races for state legislative, U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats.[9]

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