|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Fort Zumwalt R-II School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
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.
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|
|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.
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.
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.
About the districtMissouri 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. 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.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Jordan Lanham, Patch.com: O'Fallon, "Meet the Candidates: Jim Pepper Seeks Election to Fort Zumwalt School Board," accessed February 19, 2014
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Alex Stuckey St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Local school districts would benefit from Gov. Nixon's funding proposal," January 31, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "St. Charles County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Fort Zumwalt R-II School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Caleb Hunter • Christopher Hunter • Incumbent, Renee Porter • Emily Malabey • Brent Meyers • Robert Polkinghorne • Jim Pepper • John Callahan • Craig Moore • Daniel Ipson|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|