|Board Member, Bentonville School Board, Zone 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 17, 2013|
|First elected||September 17, 2013|
|Next general||September, 2018|
|Bachelor's||University of Missouri, Columbia|
|J.D.||University of Missouri, Kansas City|
Matt Burgess resides in Bentonville, Arkansas. Burgess earned his B.S. degree in Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia and his J.D. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. From 1998 to 2006, he served as a senior associate with Armstrong Teasdale, LLP. Since 2006, he has worked for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as an associate general counsel.
Matt Burgess defeated incumbent Rudy Upshaw to win the Zone 6 seat in the general election on September 17, 2013.
|Bentonville Public Schools, Zone 6 General Election, 5-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Rudy Upshaw Incumbent||43.2%||577|
|Source: 5 News Online, "Challenger Beats Incumbent In Bentonville School Board Election," September 17, 2013|
Matt Burgess did not report any contributions or expenditures to his campaign.
Matt Burgess did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
What was at stake?
There was one seat on the school board up for election on September 17, 2013. Incumbent Rudy Upshaw, who was appointed to the board in 2012, filed for re-election in Zone 6 but was defeated by challenger Matt Burgess.
About the district
- See also: Bentonville Public Schools, Arkansas
Benton County outperformed the rest of Arkansas in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Benton County was 11.8% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The median household income in Benton County was $52,159 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. The US Census also found that 27.6% of Benton County 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, "Education and Work Experience," August 24, 2013
- Dave Perozek, NWA Online, "Two Running For Bentonville School Board," September 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Benton County, Arkansas," accessed November 21, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed November 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014