Larry Thomas (Missouri)
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|Board member, Ferguson-Florissant School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 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|
|Nonpartisan||Paul 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|
|Source: St. Louis County, "GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION UNOFFICIAL RESULTS," April 9, 2014|
Thomas did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
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.
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.
About the districtSt. 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.
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.
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.
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- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Jessica Bock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Suspension of Ferguson-Florissant superintendent questioned," November 9, 2013
- Rebecca Rivas, St. Louis American, "Suspended superintendent and community still waiting for explanation," November 27, 2013
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Ferguson-Florissant sets hearing date for suspended superintendent," January 24, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Florissant (city), Missouri," accessed February 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Ferguson-Florissant School District Elections|
|St. Louis, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Kimberly Benz • Incumbent, Robert Chabot • F. Willis Johnson Jr. • Incumbent, Paul T. Morris • Donna Paulette-Thurman • James Savala • LaWanda Wallace • Larry Thomas|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|