Fred Jackson

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Fred Jackson
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Former candidate for
Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionApril 1, 2014
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Fred Jackson was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Janesville Board of Education in Wisconsin. He was defeated in the general election on April 1, 2014.

Biography

Jackson is an analyst with Eaton Corporation.[1] He also coaches and mentors youth at the YMCA of Northern Rock County.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Janesville School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Fred Jackson ran against incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann as well as challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson in the general election on April 1, 2014.

Results

Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Murray Incumbent 29% 4,360
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDale Thompson 20.3% 3,051
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sodemann Incumbent 17.4% 2,612
     Nonpartisan Diane Eyers 17% 2,554
     Nonpartisan Fred Jackson 16.3% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 29
Total Votes 15,054
Source: Rock County Clerk, "2014 Spring General Election," April 1, 2014

Funding

Jackson was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24 deadline.[3] State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[4]

Endorsements

Jackson did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2013

Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Myers 21.5% 4,018
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Hesselbacher 17.9% 3,338
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKarl Dommershausen 17.7% 3,313
     Nonpartisan Diane Eyers 17.2% 3,220
     Nonpartisan Peter D. Severson 16.6% 3,096
     Nonpartisan Fred Jackson 8.9% 1,659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 31
Total Votes 18,675
Source: Rock County Clerk, "2013 Spring Nonpartisan," accessed January 28, 2014

Campaign themes

2014

In an interview with The Gazette, Jackson expressed his concerns about the introduction of charter schools into the district:[1]

I'm terrified because currently I don't believe we are in a stable place for our school systems. We'd be an easy mark for schools like that to come in and steal all our students away...Until all that is said and done, to try to make more changes, it's just going to hurt us in the end. I think we're going to find ourselves backpedaling if we don't stabilize the things we have changed. [5]

GazetteXtra (2014), [1]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

March 4 candidate forum

The League of Women Voters and the Janesville Area Council PTA hosted a candidate forum on March 4. Every candidate except Fred Jackson attended the forum. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann argued for their re-election bids based on recent progress achieved by the board. Murray believes that the district must retain experienced teachers in order to improve academic performance. Sodemann decided to seek re-election to promote Journey to Excellence, an initiative that uses results in the classroom to assess employee performance.[6]

Challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson emphasized the need for greater communication between district officials, teachers and parents. Eyers suggested that the district has to improve communications with the public regarding new policies. Thompson believed that teachers should be more involved in policy development rather than waiting for policies from the board. He also argued that the state legislature needs to provide more time for the district to meet Common Core curriculum standards.[6]

About the district

See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin
Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Rock County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Janesville is home to 63,588 residents.[7] Janesville School District is the ninth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,339 students during the 2010-11 school year.[8]

Demographics

Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Janesville (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.7 86.2
Black or African American 2.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 1.3 2.3
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[9]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 60.9 37.8
2008 63.8 34.5
2004 58.3 41.1
2000 57.4 39.0

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[10]

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