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Florene Armstrong

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Florene Armstrong
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Former candidate for
Board member, Little Rock School District Board of Education, Zone 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 8, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sOuachita Baptist University
Personal
ProfessionRetired teacher
Florene Armstrong was a candidate for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School District Board of Education. She was opposed by Tara Shephard and Tommy Branch Jr. The election took place on September 17, 2013. She then faced Tara Shephard in a runoff election held on October 8, 2013, where she was defeated.[1][2]

Biography

Florene Armstrong was a candidate for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School board. She is the wife of former Little Rock School district member Charles Armstrong and was employed as a teacher for over 40 years.[3]

Elections

2013

Florene Armstrong was opposed by Tommy Branch Jr. and Tara Shephard for the Zone 6 seat on the Little Rock School District Board of Education that took place on September 17, 2013. She faced Tara Shephard in a runoff election held on October 8, 2013, and was defeated.[1][2]

Results

Runoff election

Little Rock School District Board of Directors Zone 6 Runoff Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTara Shephard 60.7% 249
     Nonpartisan Florene Armstrong 39.3% 161
Total Votes 410
Source: Pulaski County Elections, "2013 Annual School Runoff Election Results," October 18, 2013

General election

Little Rock School District Board of Directors Zone 6 General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Florene Armstrong 34% 157
     Nonpartisan Tommy Branch Jr. 24.5% 113
     Nonpartisan Tara Shephard 41.6% 192
Total Votes 462
Source: Pulaski County Election Commission These results are unofficial.

Funding

As of September 16, 2013, Armstrong had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[4]

Endorsements

Florene Armstrong did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

On September 17, 2013, Three seats were at stake on the Little Rock School District School Board. Incumbent Zone 4 member and Vice President Greg Adams were unopposed.

Issues

Arming employees

In early 2013, the Little Rock School District School Board addressed the issue of hiring armed security guards at district buildings. School board Vice President Greg Adams, urged further consideration of the issue. "“It concerns me that if we focus on something that is so unusual and so rare that we may take our eyes off of other areas,” he said, adding that students are more likely to die from suicide or drowning than from a school shooting."[5] The Arkansas Attorney General condemned the practice of arming teachers in order to improve school safety.[6]

About the district

Location

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Little Rock School District is located in central Arkansas in Pulaski County. It is the county seat and capital of the state of Arkansas and is the largest city in the state of Arkansas. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 193,524 residents.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Fort Smith (%) Arkansas (%)
White 48.9 80.0
Black or African American 42.3 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.9
Asian 2.7 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.8

Demographics

Little Rock outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Little Rock was $44,392 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 38.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Little Rock was 17.8%% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 89.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[9]

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