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
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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

See also: Lee's Summit R-7 Schools, Missouri
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is located in Jackson County, Mo.
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools is located in north-west Missouri in Jackson County. The county seats of Jackson County are Independence and Kansas City. Jackson County is home to 679,996 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Lee's Summit R-7 Schools was the seventh-largest school district in Missouri and served 17,825 students.[5]


Jackson County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.6 percent of Jackson 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 Jackson County was $47,015 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 17.4 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Jackson County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 83.7
Black or African American 24.0 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 1.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.6 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Jackson County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 78,283 93,199
2008 90,722 92,833
2004 79,029 94,439
2000 72,393 73,996

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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