Mark C. Lafata
|Mark C. Lafata|
|Board member, Francis Howell School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 8, 2014|
|First elected||April 3, 2001|
|Profession||Vice President, Heartland Bank|
Mark C. Lafata is a Vice President of the Commercial Lending Real Estate Group with Heartland Bank. He has twice served as president of the board in 2004 and 2008.
Mark C. Lafata was opposed by incumbents Mike Hoehn and Mike Sommer and challengers Rene Cope, Kimberlyann Granger, Chad Lange, Ralph Moore Cory Simek and Gary Stevenson for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.
Mike Sommer, Rene Cope and Mark Lafata defeated six challengers for three positions on the Francis Howell Board of Education.
|Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014|
|Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014|
Lafata did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Lafata did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Non-valid write in votes||0.4%||101|
|Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "Official results April 5, 2011," February 11, 2014|
What was at stake?
Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Mike Hoehn, Mike Sommer and Mark C. Lafata were opposed by six challengers.
Issues in the district
Jordin Casey Carter was sentenced to five years supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault while on school property and to four misdemeanors - accessory stalking, assaulting a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting or interfering with an arrest. Last April, Carter and a juvenile followed victim Mollie Bone into the lunch line at the school and punched her in the face, dragged her to the ground by her hair while Carter continued to punch her in the face and head. As a condition of her probation, Carter may not have any contact with the victim. Police say the bullying had gone on for four months before the incident. Carter now attends Francis Howell Union High School for specific learning needs, while Bone has transferred to a school outside of the district.
About the district
- See also: Francis Howell School District, Missouri
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Joe Barker, Patch.com: St. Peters, "Meet the Candidates: Eight Candidates Fighting for Three Francis Howell Board of Education Seats," April 3, 2011
- Missouri Ethics Commission, "Candidate Information," accessed February 13, 2014
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- Mark Schlinkmann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Probation ordered in bullying/assault case at Francis Howell High," January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "St. Charles County, Missouri," accessed February 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Missouri Election Results," accessed January 23, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
|2014 Francis Howell School District Elections|
|St. Charles, Missouri|
|Election date:||April 8, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Rene Cope • Kimberlyann Granger • Incumbent, Mike Hoehn • Incumbent, Mark C. Lafata • Chad Lange • Ralph Moore • Cory Simek • Gary Stevenson • Incumbent, Mike Sommer|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|