Jim Pepper

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Jim Pepper
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Former candidate for
Board member, Fort Zumwalt R-II School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Jim Pepper was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Fort Zumwalt R-II School District school board in Missouri. Pepper was opposed by eight challengers for three seats in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Jim Pepper is retired and currently serves as the O'Fallon Ward 2 City Councilman. He has three children that are graduates of the Fort Zumwalt R-II School District.[1]



See also: Fort Zumwalt R-II School District elections (2014)


Jim Pepper was currently opposed by incumbent Renee Porter and challengers Christopher Hunter, Emily Malabey, Brent Meyers, Robert Polkinghorne, Caleb Hunter, John Callahan, Craig Moore and Daniel Ipson for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Renee Porter, John Callahan and Brent Meyers defeated seven challengers for three positions on the Fort Zumwalt R-II Board of Education.

Fort Zumwalt R-II School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRenee Porter 17.5% 3,915
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Callahan 14.8% 3,316
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrent Meyers 12.2% 2,726
     Nonpartisan Emily Malabey 11.1% 2,486
     Nonpartisan Caleb Hunter 10.9% 2,441
     Nonpartisan Christopher Hunter 10.1% 2,256
     Nonpartisan Jim Pepper 8.6% 1,914
     Nonpartisan Craig Moore 6% 1,340
     Nonpartisan Daniel Ipson 4.4% 990
     Nonpartisan Robert Polkinghorne 4.4% 990
Total Votes 22,374
Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


Pepper did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Pepper did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbent Renee Porter was the only incumbent to file seeking re-election. She was opposed by nine challengers.[3]

Issues in the district

Possible increased state funding

Fort Zumwalt R-II School District is projected to receive an additional $6.4 million in state funding in fiscal year 2015 if Governor Jay Nixon's proposal to partially fund the foundation formula is approved by the Legislature. The district would receive the third most additional funding in the state if the proposed legislation was passed. On January 21, 2014, Governor Nixon called on the Legislature to approve a $278 million increase for the formula, half of the amount needed for full funding. Kurt Schaefer, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said that a $278 million increase was not feasible.[4]

About the district

See also: Fort Zumwalt R-II School District, Missouri
Fort Zumwalt R-II School District is located in St. Charles County, Mo.
Fort Zumwalt R-II School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Charles County. The county seat of St. Charles County is St. Charles. St. Charles County is home to 373,495 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Fort Zumwalt R-II School District was the sixth-largest school district in Missouri and served 18,977 students.[6]


St. Charles County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 35.1 percent of St. Charles 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. Charles County was $71,077 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in St. Charles County was 5.8 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race St. Charles County (%) Missouri (%)
White 91.0 83.7
Black or African American 4.6 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.4 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Charles County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 71,838 110,784
2008 84,183 102,550
2004 66,855 95,826
2000 53,806 72,114

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.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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