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Kenneth Mayer
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Board member, Wentzville Board of Education, At-large
Member-elect
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 8, 2014
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sUniversity of Texas in Arlington
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
Kenneth Mayer is the member-elect for an at-large position on the Wentzville R-IV school board in Missouri. He won in the general election against two incumbents and five fellow challengers on April 8, 2014.

Biography

Mayer has his Master's degree from the University of Texas in Arlington and currently works for a logistics company. He is also the Executive Officer for Troop 978 in the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife have six children currently in the district.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Wentzville R-IV School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Kenneth Mayer was opposed by two incumbents and five fellow challengers for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.

Results

Wentzville R-IV School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCourtney Tieman Incumbent 17.1% 2,925
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Fine 15.1% 2,585
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Mayer 14.8% 2,545
     Nonpartisan Heather Reiter Incumbent 14.1% 2,422
     Nonpartisan Marcos Chu 12.4% 2,133
     Nonpartisan Ron Lares 12.3% 2,116
     Nonpartisan Angie Ward 7.7% 1,320
     Nonpartisan Rick Glidewell 6.4% 1,102
Total Votes 17,148
Source: Joe Millitzer, Fox 2 News, "Results for the April 8th Missouri general municipal election," April 8, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Funding

Mayer did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission in this election.[2]

Endorsements

Mayer did not receive an endorsement in this election.

Campaign themes

Mayer states the following as his campaign themes and major problems facing the district:[1]

I’m running for the School Board to address three areas of concern and support three areas of ongoing success.

The fundamental concerns that I’d like to address are: First, I am unsure of Common Core. While in concept there are some advantages there still remains enough unanswered questions about its reach, curriculum, and costs that I fear parents are being led blindly down a path of acceptance. I intend to represent parents that care and defend their rights and interests.

Second, the district is projected to operate at a $1.3 million deficit this year. Businesses and individuals don’t have this luxury, we have to make adjustments. Government institutions can ultimately turn to taxpayers to pay debts. I intend on defending taxpayers from higher taxes and being accountable for the tax dollars already collected.

Third, an erosion of traditional values coupled with increasing permissiveness has led to moral decay in our schools which is only fostered by suggestive course materials. I intend to reinforce existing policies and propose new ones that require course curriculum to be above reproach.

Areas of success that I intend to support are: First, the district’s academic track record speaks for itself. That is a reflection successful teachers and engaged students supported by parents and administrators. This reputation will continue to attract like-minded families and the best staff.

Second, I support administrators that empower teachers to address discipline issues in the classroom and expect students to abide by the principles of citizenship. Holding this bar high maintains a culture of respect that we can’t afford to compromise on.

Third, I applaud the recent changes to the dress code policy and believe it is a step in the right direction towards cultivating a learning environment free of avoidable distractions.

Lastly, I believe deeply that a School Board member should strive to represent the parents to the School Board, not the School Board’s agenda to the parents. I intend to fulfil that conviction.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.


What was at stake?

Three seats on the Wentzville R-IV school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbent Courtney Tieman and newcomers Barbara Fine and Kenneth Mayer triumphed over incumbent Heather Reiter and challengers Marcos Chu, Ron Lares, Angie Ward and Rick Glidewell for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Terry Ratcliff did not file for re-election of his seat.

About the district

See also: Wentzville R-IV School District, Missouri
Wentzville R-IV School District is located in St. Charles County, Mo.
Wentzville R-IV 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.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, Wentzville R-IV School District was the 14th-largest school district in Missouri and served 13,391 students.[4]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
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[5]
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.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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