Jean Pretto

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Jean Pretto
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Board member, Mehlville Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 8, 2014
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWebster University
Master'sUniversity of Phoenix
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Jean Pretto is an at-large incumbent on the Mehlville school board in Missouri. She won in the general election against fellow challengers Randy Howard, Venki Palamand, Samantha Stormer and incumbent Rich Franz on April 8, 2014.


Pretto has her bachelor's degree from Webster University and her master's degree from the University of Phoenix. Her various career endeavors include being a substitute teacher in the Mehlville School District, spending 27 years in the automobile industry and teaching music. She and her husband, Joe, have two daughters.[1]



See also: Mehlville School District elections (2014)


Jean Pretto was opposed by challengers Randy Howard, Venki Palamand, Samantha Stormer and incumbent Rich Franz for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Mehlville School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVenki Palamand 26% 4,701
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSamantha Stormer 24.8% 4,472
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean Pretto 22.9% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Rich Franz Incumbent 14.2% 2,564
     Nonpartisan Randy Howard 11.9% 2,141
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 44
Total Votes 18,063
Source: St. Louis County, Missouri, "General Municipal Election Official Results," accessed June 20, 2014


Pretto received $1,035.10 in campaign contributions and spent $501.34, leaving her with $533.76 on hand.[2]


Pretto was endorsed by both the Mehlville Community Taxpayers for Mehlville and the Missouri National Education Association.[3][4]

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Mehlville school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer defeated the incumbent Rich Franz, as well as fellow challenger Randy Howard. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers had decided not to seek another term.

Issues in the district

Merit pay

In January 2014, it was announced that the Mehlville School Board was considering giving raises to teachers that met certain standards set by the Missouri School Improvement Program. Board member Elaine Powers stated that specific details had not been sorted out yet, but that it was being given serious consideration.[5]

About the district

See also: Mehlville School District, Missouri
Mehlville School District is located in St. Louis County, Mo.
Mehlville School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Louis County. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. St. Louis County is home to 1,001,444 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Mehlville School District was the 19th-largest school district in Missouri and served 10,967 students.[7]


St. Louis County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.6 percent of St. Louis 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 St. Louis County was $58,910 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 10.9 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race St. Louis County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.3 83.7
Black or African American 23.7 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 3.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Louis County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 297,097 224,742
2008 333,123 221,705
2004 295,284 244,969
2000 250,631 224,689

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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