|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Cabot Public School District, Position 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 17, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Profession||External affairs officer|
Mark Raines resides in Cabot, Arkansas with his wife and son. He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He began his career as a news director at KTHV Channel 11 in Little Rock before joining the external affairs department at BHP Billiton Petroleum. Raines is a member of the ASU-Beebe Development Council and serves as the radio announcer for Cabot High School football and basketball games.
During his campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Mark Raines were reported to the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Mark Raines did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In an interview with the Cabot Star-Herald, Raines said, “When children leave Cabot schools, they’ll be competing for educational opportunities and, ultimately, jobs in a global environment. We must provide the necessary resources to make certain our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in today’s global economy.”
Raines was a proponent of Arkansas A+, a public school initiative that infuses the arts into the teaching curriculum for every subject to help nurture creativity and critical thinking. He argued, "Arkansas A+ will help energize the content matter of Common Core by making learning interesting and fun for all children. We know that children do not learn in the same manner but instead of taking a defeatist attitude toward that realism, we can do something about it. Arkansas A+ helps each child to explore their own unique way of learning by incorporating the arts into every aspect of their education.” Raines also advocated for fiscal responsibility and greater accountability among students and administration.
About the district
- See also: Cabot Public School District, Arkansas
Cabot outperformed the rest of Arkansas in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Cabot was $55,543 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. The poverty rate in Cabot was 12.2% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 24.0% of Cabot residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 19.6% in Arkansas.
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.
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- Facebook, "About," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cabot Star-Herald, "Mark Raines to seek Cabot School Board position," June 5, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Financial Disclosure Search," accessed September 13, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cabot," accessed July 31, 2013
- The New York Times, "Election Results," accessed July 31, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014