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Kimberly Benz

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Kimberly Benz
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Board member, Ferguson-Florissant School Board, At-large
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMcCluer North
Associate'sSt. Louis Community College
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Kimberly Benz was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Ferguson-Florissant School District school board in Missouri. Benz was opposed by five challengers and two incumbents for three seats in the general election on April 8, 2013.


Kimberly Benz is a community volunteer and mother of four children in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. She is married to her husband Buzz. In 2013, she was elected as the Republican State Committeewoman for the 13th Senatorial District. She has also served her community in a variety of roles including Cub Scout Leader, Pack Trainer, and Pack Treasurer, Girl Scout Assistant Leader, Yearbook Chair and PTG Parliamentarian.[1]



See also: Ferguson-Florissant School District elections (2014)


Kimberly Benz was opposed by incumbents Robert Chabot and Paul T. Morris and challengers F. Willis Johnson Jr., Donna Paulette-Thurman, James Savala, Larry Thomas and LaWanda Wallace for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Ferguson-Florissant School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Chabot Incumbent 18% 2,898
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Paulette-Thurman 17% 2,733
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul T. Morris Incumbent 15.6% 2,516
     Nonpartisan James Savala 15.1% 2,425
     Nonpartisan Kimberly Benz 13.9% 2,231
     Nonpartisan F. Willis Johnson Jr. 13.2% 2,118
     Nonpartisan LaWanda Wallace 3.7% 590
     Nonpartisan Larry Thomas 3.5% 568
Total Votes 16,079
Source: St. Louis County Election Board, "Summary Report," April 18, 2014


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


Kimberly Benz was endorsed by Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Hazelwood School Board Director Mark Behlmann.[3]

Campaign themes

These campaign statements are available on Kimberly Benz's official campaign website.[4]


Many stakeholders in our district do not feel that there has been adequate communication in the past between the Board and community and vice-versa. I’ve already taken steps to improve that by lobbying to Dr. McCoy that the board meetings be recorded and available online to watch. Since August 14th, 2013, every school board meeting has been posted on our FFSDTV YouTube Channel and we are one step closer to live streaming being available.

Community Confidence

With the news regarding new accreditation standards, finances, and of course our recent Superintendent situation, the community’s confidence in our district has been shaken. I will, if elected, commit to reaching out to all parties and work to engage the right decision makers. Together we can restore the confidence in our district.

Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal responsibility is necessary always but even more so when facing the other challenges above. As your board representative, I promise to be a good steward with YOUR tax dollars!

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 school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Paul T. Morris and Robert Chabot faced six challengers.[5]

Issues in the election

Suspension of Superintendent

On November 6, 2013, the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education voted 6-1 to place Superintendent Art McCoy on suspension with pay, citing "differences in focus and philosophy" as the stated reason. Board member Paul Schroeder was the only dissenting voter. Board of Education President Paul Morris stated the board's action were not an indication of wrongdoing on McCoy's part. On the following Friday, a press conference was held where over 60 supporters called for the Superintendent to be re-instated. At a board meeting later in November, 1,500 community members demonstrated to show their support for Superintendent McCoy. A closed hearing date has been set for February 24, 2014 to determine whether there is cause to terminate McCoy's contract. McCoy is a black Superintendent in a district where 78% of the students are black. The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education currently has no black members.[6][7][8]

About the district

See also: Ferguson-Florissant School District, Missouri
Ferguson-Florissant School District is located in St. Louis County, Mo.
Ferguson-Florissant 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.[9] In the 2011-2012 school year, Ferguson-Florissant School District was the 16th-largest school district in Missouri and served 12,070 students.[10]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2013[9]
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[11]
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: 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.[12] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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