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Independence School District elections (2014)

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2014 Independence 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
Independence School District
Jackson County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Two seats on the Independence School District school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014.

About the district

See also: Independence School District, Missouri
Independence School District is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Independence School District is located in north-west Missouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] In the 2011-2012 school year, Independence School District was the 12th-largest school district in Missouri and served 14,764 students.[2]


Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Independence School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to six-year terms with all seats elected at-large. There was no primary election, and the general election was held on April 8, 2014.[6] Two at-large seats were on the ballot in 2014, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.[7]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 28, 2014.[8]





Election results

Denise Fears and Blake Roberson defeated two challengers in the general election on April 8, 2014.

Independence School District, At-Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBlake Roberson Incumbent 44.1% 6,067
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDenise Fears 33.1% 4,552
     Nonpartisan Ron Thornbury 22.3% 3,065
     Nonpartisan Unofficial Write in Votes 0.5% 66
Total Votes 13,750
Source: Jackson 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.[9]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Two seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014.[6]

Issues in the district

Accepting students from unaccredited districts

The Independence School District remains undecided on whether it will accept students transferring from the unaccredited Kansas City Public Schools district. It is estimated that 9,000 students from KCPS will be seeking transfers outside of the district after the district lost accreditation in 2011. Independence has a contingency plan to work with the National Student Clearinghouse to assist in enrolling incoming students, assess classroom and school capacity limits and accommodate the influx.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Independence Public Schools election in 2014:[8][11]

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 featured races for local, municipal and school positions.[12]

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