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Mehlville School District elections (2014)

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2014 Mehlville School District Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Missouri
Mehlville School District
St. Louis County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Three seats on the Mehlville School District school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer defeated incumbent Rich Franz, as well as fellow challenger Randy Howard. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers decided not to seek another term.

About the district

See also: Mehlville School District, Missouri
Mehlville School District is located in St. Louis County, Missouri
Mehlville School District is located in St. Louis County, Missouri. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. The county's population was 221,939 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]

Demographics

St. Louis County outperforms the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 39.8% of St. Louis County residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8% rate for the state of Missouri. St. Louis County had a median income of $58,485 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri. The poverty rate for St. Louis County was 8.3% in 2010 compared to a 10.5% rate for the rest of the state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race St. Louis County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.5 82.8
Black or African American 23.6 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 3.8 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.8 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.5

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.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Mehlville school board consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 8, 2014 for three seats. Two seats will be on the ballot in 2015.

Candidates began to file affidavits of candidacy on December 17, 2013. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 21, 2014 and the deadline for candidate certification was January 28, 2014.[3]

Elections

2014

Candidates

Election results

Mehlville School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVenki Palamand 26% 4,701
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSamantha Stormer 24.8% 4,472
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean Pretto 22.9% 4,141
     Nonpartisan Rich Franz Incumbent 14.2% 2,564
     Nonpartisan Randy Howard 11.9% 2,141
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 44
Total Votes 18,063
Source: St. Louis County, Missouri, "General Municipal Election Official Results," accessed June 20, 2014

Endorsements

Both the Mehlville Community Taxpayers for Mehlville and the Missouri National Education Association endorsed Samantha Stormer, Venki Palamand and Jean Pretto.[4][5]

Campaign finance

Randy Howard received $514 in campaign contributions and spent $457.12, leaving him with $56.88 on hand. Jean Pretto received $1,035.10 in campaign contributions and spent $501.34, leaving her with $533.76 on hand. Howard and Pretto were the only two candidates to file finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[6]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Mehlville school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Newcomers Venki Palamand, Jean Pretto and Samantha Stormer defeated the incumbent Rich Franz, as well as fellow challenger Randy Howard. Incumbents Mark Stoner and Elaine Powers decided not to seek another term.

Issues in the district

Merit pay

In January 2014, it was announced that the Mehlville School Board was considering giving raises to teachers that met certain standards set by the Missouri School Improvement Program. Board member Elaine Powers stated that specific details had not been sorted out yet, but that it was being given serious consideration.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Mehlville School District election in 2014:[3]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First day for candidate filing
December 24, 2013 First day for candidate filing (Kansas City)
January 21, 2014 Last day for candidate filing
January 28, 2014 Final certification date
March 12, 2014 Last day to register to vote
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The Mehlville school board election shared the ballot with other municipal elections in St. Louis County.

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