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Francis Howell School District elections (2014)

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2014 Francis Howell School District Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Francis Howell School District
St. Charles County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Three seats on the Francis Howell School District school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014.

About the district

Francis Howell School District, Missouri
Francis Howell School District is located in St. Charles County in St. Charles, Missouri. It is located in the third largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Columbia is home to 65,794 residents.[1]


St. Charles underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.3 percent of St. Charles residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Charles was $57,428 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Columbia was 10.1 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Columbia (%) Missouri (%)
White 87.5 82.8
Black or African American 5.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 3.5

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.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Francis Howell School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There is no primary election, and the general election was held on April 8, 2014.[3] Three at-large seats were on the ballot in 2014, two seats will be on the ballot in 2015 and the remaining seats will appear on the ballot in 2016.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 28, 2014.[5]





Election results


Mike Sommer, Rene Cope and Mark Lafata defeated six challengers for three positions on the Francis Howell Board of Education.

Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRene Cope 15.3% 3,424
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sommer 14.6% 3,252
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Lafata 14.4% 3,227
     Nonpartisan Chad Lange 12.7% 2,834
     Nonpartisan Mike Hoehn 12.1% 2,697
     Nonpartisan Kimberlyann Granger 11.7% 2,618
     Nonpartisan Gary Stevenson 7.7% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Cory Simek 6.3% 1,401
     Nonpartisan Ralph Moore 5.3% 1,178
Total Votes 22,343
Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Mike Hoehn, Mike Sommer and Mark C. Lafata were opposed by six challengers.[3]

Issues in the district

Bullying case

Jordin Casey Carter was sentenced to five years supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault while on school property and to four misdemeanors - accessory stalking, assaulting a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting or interfering with an arrest. Last April, Carter and a juvenile followed victim Mollie Bone into the lunch line at the school and punched her in the face, dragged her to the ground by her hair while Carter continued to punch her in the face and head. As a condition of her probation, Carter may not have any contact with the victim. Police say the bullying had gone on for four months before the incident. Carter now attends Francis Howell Union High School for specific learning needs, while Bone has transferred to a school outside of the district.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Francis Howell School District election in 2014:[9]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First Day for Candidate Filing
January 21, 2014 Last Day for Candidate Filing
January 28, 2014 Deadline for entities to certify elections to election authority
February 25, 2014 First Day for Absentee Voting
April 2, 2014 Last Day Absentee Ballot can be mailed
March 12, 2014 Voter Registration deadline
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The April 8, 2014 General Municipal Election will feature races for local, municipal and school positions. Additional election information is available on the St. Charles County Election Authority website.[10]

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