Mark Ousnamer

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Mark Ousnamer
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Former candidate for
Board member, Lee's Summit Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
Master'sUniversity of Missouri
Mark Ousnamer was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Lee's Summit school board in Missouri. He was defeated by fellow newcomer Bill Baird and incumbents Terri Harmon and Chris Storms in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Ousnamer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. In 1990, he founded an engineering consulting firm. He has three children who are currently students in the district.[1]



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


Mark Ousnamer was defeated by fellow challenger Bill Baird and incumbents Terri Harmon and Chris Storms for three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


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


Ousnamer did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.[2]


Ousnamer did not receive an endorsement in this election.

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 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.[3]

About the district

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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
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 percent. 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.[5]

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