Karin Rajnicek

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Karin Rajnicek
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Board member, Waukesha School Board, At-large
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
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Karin Rajnicek is an at-large member of the Waukesha School Board in Wisconsin. She was first elected to the board in 2011. Rajnicek won re-election without opposition in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Rajnicek owns a small business in Waukesha. She has three children currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: Waukesha School District elections (2014)


Karin Rajnicek and fellow incumbents Joseph Como Jr. and Barbara Brzenk sought re-election without opposition during the general election on April 1, 2014.


Rajnicek won by default due to the lack of opposition by the January 7 deadline.


As of February 10, 2014, Rajnicek did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the district office. 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.[2]


Rajnicek did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Waukesha School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 5, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Brzenk Incumbent 25.1% 10,395
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKarin Rajnicek Incumbent 25% 10,382
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Como Jr. 24.8% 10,284
     Nonpartisan Kurt O'Bryan Incumbent 24.4% 10,104
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 282
Total Votes 41,447
Source: Karin 4 Kids, "Election Results," accessed February 10, 2014

Campaign themes


Rajnicek's website listed themes for her 2011 campaign:

I bring a NEW VOICE for Waukesha EDUCATION
Education is first, last and will always be about the children. I have separated myself from the teachers unions. My response to deny endorsement, " The relationships between our board members and your union have gone too far to try to place divisions in what seems to be so simple- the best possible education for our children with honest praises and salaries to our teachers for what they do for our community backed behind a board of education who operates honestly on behalf of the taxpayers and parents who fund this process. PLEASE DO NOT ENDORSE ME UNDER YOUR UNION! "

I am COMMITTED to living RESPONSIBLY within our BUDGET
Wasteful spending in our communities and especially our schools is infuriating. This needs to stop! People can spend money easily when it is not their own. As the mother of 3 children in our public schools living on one middle class income, I have learned how to provide the best for my family at the best price. Being a fiscal conservative, I bring a fresh perspective to address our education budget as If it were my own. I am committed to making right choices by being fiscally responsible with the resources we have.

I will help restore FAITH & CONFIDENCE in our COMMUNITY
Our fading winter paints the picture of our status quo school board of Waukesha. I am the only new person running for school board. It's time for spring. A new voice, passionate and dedicated to do what is right and ready to take action on what is not. Citizens of Waukesha, I would be honored to serve you on this school board. Your one vote can change this. Your voice matters and YOU have a choice Tuesday, April 5th JUST VOTE FOR 1 - Rajnicek. Together- we can all be heard!


—Karin Rajnicek's campaign website, (2011) [4]

About the district

See also: Waukesha School District, Wisconsin
Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Waukesha County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Waukesha is home to 70,920 residents.[5] Waukesha School District is the seventh-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 13,796 students during the 2010-11 school year.[6]


Waukesha outperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.8% of Waukesha 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 Waukesha was $58,070 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Waukesha was 10.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Waukesha (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 88.1 86.2
Black or African American 2.3 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.5 2.3
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 12.1 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 32.3 66.7
2008 36.6 62.3
2004 31.9 67.2
2000 31.5 65.3

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.[8][9]

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  1. Karin 4 Kids, "About Karin," accessed February 10, 2014
  2. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Karin 4 Kids, "I pledge," accessed February 10, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 United States Census Bureau, "Waukesha, Wisconsin," accessed February 7, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  7. Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
  8. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  9. 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.