Larry Thomas (Missouri)

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Larry Thomas
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Board member, Ferguson-Florissant School Board, At-large
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Last electionApril 8, 2014
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Larry Thomas was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Ferguson-Florissant School District school board in Missouri. Thomas was opposed by five challengers and two incumbents for three seats.



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


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


Paul T. Morris, Robert Chabot and Donna Paulette-Thurman defeated five challengers in the April 8, 2014 election.

Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Directors, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Chabot 18% 2,898
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Paulette-Thurman 17% 2,733
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul T. Morris 15.6% 2,516
     Nonpartisan James A. Savala 15.1% 2,425
     Nonpartisan Kimberly A. Benz 13.9% 2,230
     Nonpartisan F. Willis Johnson, Jr. 13.2% 2,118
     Nonpartisan LaWanda Wallace 3.7% 590
     Nonpartisan Larry Thomas 3.5% 568
Total Votes 16,078


Thomas did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[1]


Thomas did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

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 will face six challengers.[2]

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.[3][4][5]

About the district

Ferguson-Florissant School District, Missouri
Ferguson-Florissant School District is located in St. Louis County in Floissant, Missouri. It is located in the largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Florissant is home to 52,158 residents.[6]


Florissant outperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.6% of Florissant residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Florissant was $51,529 compared to $47,333 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Florissant was 15.0% compared to 8.6% for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Florissant (%) Missouri (%)
White 69.3 82.8
Black or African American 26.8 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 0.8 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.0 3.5

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.[7]

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