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Mark Raines
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Former candidate for
Board member, Cabot Public School District, Position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock
ProfessionExternal affairs officer
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Mark Raines was a candidate for the Position 5 seat on the Cabot school board that was up for general election on September 17, 2013. Raines campaigned with a focus on student preparation, student accountability, fiscal responsibility and community growth.


Mark Raines resides in Cabot, Arkansas with his wife and son.[1] He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.[2] 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.[2] Raines is a member of the ASU-Beebe Development Council and serves as the radio announcer for Cabot High School football and basketball games.[1]



See also: Cabot Public School District elections (2013)


Mark Raines lost to incumbent Dean Martin for the Position 5 seat in the general election on September 17, 2013.[2]

Cabot Public School District, Position 5 General Election, 5-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDean Martin Incumbent 67.3% 653
     Nonpartisan Mark Raines 32.7% 318
Total Votes 971
Source: These results are unofficial from the Lonoke County Clerk's office and are not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.


During his campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Mark Raines were reported to the Arkansas Secretary of State.[3]


Mark Raines did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

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.[2]

About the district

See also: Cabot Public School District, Arkansas
Cabot Public School District is located in Lonoke County, Arkansas
Cabot Public School District is located in Lonoke County, Arkansas. The county seat of Lonoke County is Lonoke, although Cabot is the largest city in the county. According to the 2010 US Census, Cabot is home to 24,502 residents. The school district serves students in the communities of Cabot, Austin, Ward and the rest of northern Lonoke County.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Cabot (%) Arkansas (%)
White 93.1 77.0
Black or African American 1.6 15.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.8
Asian 1.5 1.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.2
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 4.1 6.4

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 22.5 75.0
2008 25.0 73.0
2004 33.8 65.4
2000 38.2 59.1

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.[6]

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