|Board member, Racine Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||7|
|Board Vice President|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
Hargrove is the founder and pastor of Zoe Outreach Ministries. He and his wife, Marie, have three adult children.
Melvin Hargrove ran against six other candidates for four available seats in the general election on April 1, 2014.
|Racine Unified School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Melvin Hargrove Incumbent||18.6%||4,326|
|Nonpartisan||Dennis Wiser Incumbent||17.2%||3,996|
|Nonpartisan||Pamala Handrow Incumbent||17%||3,954|
|Nonpartisan||Wally Rendón Incumbent||14.4%||3,355|
|Source: Racine Unified School District, "Canvass Committee Report," April 8, 2014|
Hargrove began the race with an existing account balance of $3,965.80 from his previous campaign. He has reported $1,083.00 in contributions and $40.67 in expenditures to the school district, which left his campaign with $2,923.47 on hand.
Hargrove did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Hargrove explained his campaign themes for 2014 in an interview with The Journal Times:
What makes you most qualified for a board seat?
Board experience and passion for education, plus my ability to look at everything and look at all sides of a matter before we actually come to a decision. … And then also coming to this with no agenda except with the best interests of the children and the community.
Are you familiar with the Common Core State Standards, and do you support or oppose them?
Familiar with standards.
The reason why I support it is we have to begin to think more globally here in Racine. … (Common Core) helps us to get up to a level of standard where we can be globally competitive.
Do you favor fixing school building components like boilers when they break down or, proactively, when they outlive their life expectancies?
I support the whole proactive approach because our buildings are always the first thing to suffer when a budget (deficit) hits. … We’re going to have to eventually go to referendum again but not before we can prove to the taxpayers that we have been good stewards over the last dollars they gave us. 
—The Journal Times (2014), 
What was at stake?
Hargrove, Pamala Handrow, Wally Rendón and Dennis Wiser won re-election against Jacqueline Pinager and Henry Perez. Rendón was appointed in September 2013 to replace Gretchen Warner. State law required Rendón to seek election since Warner resigned prior to her last year in office. Hargrove, Handrow and Wiser won full terms while Rendón earned a one-year unexpired term by placing fourth. The leadership of the board was at stake on April 1 as Wiser serves as the board president, Hargrove serves as vice president and Handrow serves as the clerk. Thomas Fineran withdrew from the race on March 24 but his name still appeared on the ballot.
About the districtRacine, Wisconsin. Racine is the county seat of Racine County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Racine is home to 78,303 residents. Racine Unified School District is the fourth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 21,100 students during the 2010-2011 school year.
Racine underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 16.6 percent of Racine residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Racine was $38,789 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Racine was 21.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Zoe Outreach Ministries, "About Us," accessed February 6, 2014
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Patricia Meyer on March 25, 2014.
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Journal Times, "Racine School Board candidates on the issues," March 18, 2014
- Journal Times, "Four Unified board seats — not three — up for election," January 7, 2014
- The Journal Times, "Fineran drops out of Unified board race," March 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Racine, Wisconsin," accessed February 5, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Racine County Clerk, "Past elections," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Racine Unified School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Thomas Fineran • Pamala Handrow • Melvin Hargrove • Henry Perez • Jacqueline Pinager • Wally Rendón • Dennis Wiser|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|