Lee's Summit R-7 Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Lee's Summit R-7 Schools Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools
Jackson County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Three seats on the Lee's Summit R-7 Schools school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and newcomer Bill Baird triumphed over challenger Mark Ousnamer for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Jack Wiley, who is also vice president of the board, decided not to seek re-election.

About the district

See also: Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is located in Kansas City, Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools serves K-12 students in Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lake Winnebago and unincorporated areas of eastern Jackson County. The city's population was 459,787 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

Kansas City outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, but underperforms in median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 30.9% of Kansas City residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. Kansas City had a median income of $45,150 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for Kansas City was 18.8% in 2010 compared to a 15.0% rate for the rest of the state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Kansas City (%) Missouri (%)
White 59.2 82.8
Black or African American 29.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 3.2 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 10.0 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Lee's Summit school board consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 8, 2014 for three seats. Two seats will be on the ballot in 2015.

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 17, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 21, 2014 and the deadline for candidate certification was January 28, 2014.[3]

Elections

2014

Candidates

  • Bill Baird Green check mark transparent.png
    • Owner, The Baird Group at Platinum Realty
    • Graduate, Baker University
  • Terri Harmon Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Owner, myVP, consulting practice
    • Graduate, Augustana College
  • Mark Ousnamer
    • Engineer, educator
    • Graduate, University of Arkansas and University of Missouri
  • Chris Storms Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Niscayah, Inc., account manager
    • Graduate, University of Central Missouri

Election results

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Baird 33.8% 72
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTerri Harmon Incumbent 29.1% 62
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Storms Incumbent 23% 49
     Nonpartisan Mark Ousnamer 13.6% 29
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 1
Total Votes 213
Source: Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners, "Official Election Results," June 19, 2014

Endorsements

The Missouri National Education Association endorsed incumbents Terri Harmon and Chris Storms, as well as newcomer Bill Baird.[4]

Campaign finance

Bill Baird received a total of $925.26 in campaign contributions and did not expend anything, leaving him with $925.26 on hand. He was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[5]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Lee's Summit school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Terri Harmon, Chris Storms and newcomer Bill Baird triumphed over challenger Mark Ousnamer for the three at-large seats. Incumbent Jack Wiley, who is also vice president of the board, decided not to seek re-election.

Issues in the district

Budget containment

Lee's Summit R-7 Schools has been facing budgetary issues since the 2008-2009 academic year as a results of a loss in state and local funding. These restrictions included reductions in staff members in administration, instruction and support staff positions; one-year district-wide salary freeze; deferring of textbook purchases; activity fees for sports and other such costs. The district has since implemented cost containment in excess of $92 million from 2008-09 through the end of the 2013-14 school year.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Lee's Summit R-7 election in 2014:[3]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First day for candidate filing
December 24, 2013 First day for candidate filing (Kansas City)
January 21, 2014 Last day for candidate filing
January 28, 2014 Final certification date
March 12, 2014 Last day to register to vote
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The Lee's Summit school board election shared the ballot with other municipal elections in Kansas City.

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