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Matt Burgess

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Matt Burgess
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Board Member, Bentonville School Board, Zone 6
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
First electedSeptember 17, 2013
Next generalSeptember, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
J.D.University of Missouri, Kansas City
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Matt Burgess is the Zone 6 member of the Bentonville school board. He won the seat in the general election on September 17, 2013.


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.[1][2]



See also: Bentonville Public Schools elections (2013)


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Burgess 56.8% 760
     Nonpartisan Rudy Upshaw Incumbent 43.2% 577
Total Votes 1,337
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.[2]

About the district

See also: Bentonville Public Schools, Arkansas
Bentonville Public Schools is located in Benton County, Arkansas
Bentonville Public Schools is located in Benton County, Arkansas. The county seat of Benton County is Bentonville. According to the 2010 US Census, Benton County is home to 232,268 residents.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Benton County (%) Arkansas(%)
White 90.4 80.0
Black or African American 1.8 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.8 0.9
Asian 3.2 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.4 0.3
Two or More Races 2.2 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 15.9 6.8

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 22,636 54,646
2008 23,331 51,124
2004 20,756 46,571
2000 17,277 34,838

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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