Mark Jones (Missouri)

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Mark Jones
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Former candidate for
Board member, Fox Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 7, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolFox Senior High School
Associate'sChrist to the World Bible College at St. Louis
OtherThe University of Missouri at St. Louis
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1986 - 1995
Personal
ProfessionSenior consultant
Websites
Campaign website
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Mark Jones was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Fox Board of Education in Missouri. Jones lost the general election on April 7, 2015.

Jones previously ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on the board in 2013 and 2014.

Biography

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Mark Jones is a resident of Jefferson County, Mo. Jones graduated from Fox Senior High School before earning his associate's degree in biblical studies from Christ to the World Bible College at St. Louis and his chancellor's certificates in web design and web development from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. He also attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, American Sentinel University and the New Horizons Computer Learning Center.[1]

Jones served in the United States Army Reserve from 1986 to 1995. He is employed as a senior consultant with Intervolve, Inc. and also operates his own business, Jones Creative.[2]

Elections

2015

See also: Fox C-6 School District elections (2015)

Opposition

The election in Fox featured two of the seven seats on the board up for general election on April 7, 2015. Incumbent David Palmer ran for re-election against challengers Robin Hanson, Chris Hastings, Mark Jones, Drew Kriese and Sherry Poppen for the two at-large seats. Hastings and Poppen defeated the other four candidates to win the election.

Results

Fox C-6 School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2015
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSherry Poppen 22.9% 1,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Hastings 21.2% 1,402
     Nonpartisan Mark Jones 19.8% 1,311
     Nonpartisan Robin Hanson 13.5% 895
     Nonpartisan David Palmer Incumbent 12.6% 837
     Nonpartisan Drew Kriese 9.4% 621
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 34
Total Votes 6,618
Source: Jefferson County Election Board, "Election Summary Report," accessed April 7, 2015 These election results are not official and will be updated when certified results are available. You can submit certified results by contacting us.

Funding

Jones reported no contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission during the election.[3]

Endorsements

Jones received endorsements from state Sen. Paul Wieland (R-22) and state Reps. John McCaherty (R-97), Rob Vescovo (R-112) and Dan Shaul (R-113). He also received endorsements from Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller, Jefferson County Council District 2 member Renee Reuter and Arnold Mayor Ron Counts.[4]

2014

See also: Fox C-6 School District elections (2014)

Opposition

Jones ran against incumbent John Laughlin and fellow challengers Chris Hastings, Dawn Mullins, Vernon Sullivan and write-in candidate Robert Gruenewald in the general election on April 8, 2014. Laughlin, Mullins and Sullivan won the three at-large seats.

Results

Fox C-6 School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Mullins 23.8% 2,588
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVernon Sullivan 22.1% 2,404
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Laughlin Incumbent 20.2% 2,190
     Nonpartisan Mark Jones 17.1% 1,861
     Nonpartisan Chris Hastings 16.4% 1,778
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 43
Total Votes 10,864
Source: Jefferson County Election Board, "April 8, 2014 General Municipal Election," accessed February 25, 2015

Funding

Jones did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[5]

Endorsements

Jones received endorsements from state Rep. John McCaherty (R-97), state Rep. Paul Wieland (R-112), Jefferson County Council member Bob Boyer, Jefferson County Council member Renee Reuter and Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller.[6]

2013

Fox C-6 School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Kroupa 29.8% 2,776
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Holloway 24% 2,236
     Nonpartisan Ruth Ann Newman Incumbent 16.8% 1,564
     Nonpartisan Pete Nicholas Incumbent 13% 1,209
     Nonpartisan Mark Jones 11.9% 1,108
     Nonpartisan Anthony Thebeau 4.7% 435
Total Votes 9,328
Source: Jefferson County Election Board, "April 2, 2013 General Municipal Election Results," accessed February 12, 2014

Campaign themes

2015

Jones completed a voter guide profile for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

What are your top priorities for the district?

1. Put our kids first: what's best for our children MUST be the driving force in all decisions made in the district. Improve needed resources in classrooms. Attract/retain the best talent. 2. Protect your tax dollars: public trust must be restored through wise decisions, high integrity and transparency. 3. Produce college and career-ready graduates.

Why are you qualified to serve in this office?

I grew up in and graduated from the district. I am acquainted with the current issues, strengths and needs. I am not a newcomer. I have years of technical and business experience, dealing with multi-million dollar projects. I will work WITH the board to move us forward. I am honest, trustworthy and passionate about providing the best education possible for our children.[7]

—Mark Jones, (2015)[8]

About the district

See also: Fox C-6 School District, Missouri
Fox C-6 School District is located in Jefferson County, Mo.
Fox C-6 School District is located in east-central Missouri in Jefferson County. The county seat is Hillsboro. This county is home to 221,396 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] In the 2011-2012 school year, Fox C-6 School District was the 15th-largest school district in Missouri and served 12,333 students.[10]

Demographics

Jefferson County underperformed compared to the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.4 percent of 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 Jefferson County was $54,845 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate was 11.3 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2013[9]
Race Jefferson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 96.6 83.7
Black or African American 1.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 0.7 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 1.7 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern,
Jefferson County[11]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 41,564 53,978
2008 53,467 50,804
2004 46,057 46,624
2000 38,616 36,766

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.[12][13]

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