Mark C. Lafata

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Mark C. Lafata
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Board member, Francis Howell School Board, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 3, 2001
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionVice President, Heartland Bank
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Mark C. Lafata was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Francis Howell School District school board in Missouri. Lafata was opposed by six challengers and two incumbents for three seats.

Biography

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.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Francis Howell School District elections (2014)

Opposition

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRene Cope 15.3% 3,424
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sommer 14.6% 3,252
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Lafata 14.4% 3,227
     Nonpartisan Chad Lange 12.7% 2,834
     Nonpartisan Mike Hoehn 12.1% 2,697
     Nonpartisan Kimberlyann Granger 11.7% 2,618
     Nonpartisan Gary Stevenson 7.7% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Cory Simek 6.3% 1,401
     Nonpartisan Ralph Moore 5.3% 1,178
Total Votes 22,343
Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014

Funding

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

Endorsements

Lafata did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Elections

2011
Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sommer 17.8% 4,047
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark LaFata 16.1% 3,647
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Hoehn 14.9% 3,375
     Nonpartisan Gary Miller 13.2% 3,000
     Nonpartisan Eric Seider 11.7% 2,658
     Nonpartisan Ronnie Johnson 10.8% 2,457
     Nonpartisan Burt Biermann 10.6% 2,402
     Nonpartisan Eric Ewalt 4.5% 1,014
     Nonpartisan Non-valid write in votes 0.4% 101
Total Votes 22,701
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.[3]

Issues in the district

Bullying case

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.[4]

About the district

See also: Francis Howell School District, Missouri
Francis Howell School District is located in St. Charles County, Mo.
Francis Howell School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Charles County. The county seat of St. Charles County is St. Charles. St. Charles County is home to 373,495 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5] In the 2011-2012 school year, Francis Howell School District was the fourth-largest school district in Missouri and served 19,626 students.[6]

Demographics

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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race St. Charles County (%) Missouri (%)
White 91.0 83.7
Black or African American 4.6 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.4 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Charles County[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 71,838 110,784
2008 84,183 102,550
2004 66,855 95,826
2000 53,806 72,114

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.[8][9]

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