Mike Sommer

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Mike Sommer
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Board member, Francis Howell School Board, At-large
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Last electionApril 8, 2014
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High schoolDuchesne High School
Bachelor'sSaint Louis University
ProfessionOwner, Sommers & Associates CPAs LLC.
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Mike Sommer was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Francis Howell School District school board in Missouri. Sommer was opposed by six challengers and two incumbents for three seats.


Mike Sommer is a business owner and certified public accountant. He is a graduate of Duchesne High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Saint Louis University. Sommer is a member of several local organizations including the St. Charles Jaycees and the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce.[1]



See also: Francis Howell School District elections (2014)


Mike Sommer was opposed by incumbents Mark C. Lafata and Mike Hoehn and challengers Rene Cope, Kimberlyann Granger, Chad Lange, Ralph Moore Cory Simek and Gary Stevenson for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.

Mike Sommer, Rene Cope and Mark Lafata defeated six challengers for three positions on the Francis Howell Board of Education.

Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRene Cope 15.3% 3,424
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sommer 14.6% 3,252
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Lafata 14.4% 3,227
     Nonpartisan Chad Lange 12.7% 2,834
     Nonpartisan Mike Hoehn 12.1% 2,697
     Nonpartisan Kimberlyann Granger 11.7% 2,618
     Nonpartisan Gary Stevenson 7.7% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Cory Simek 6.3% 1,401
     Nonpartisan Ralph Moore 5.3% 1,178
Total Votes 22,343
Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "APRIL 8, 2014 GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION RESULTS," accessed April 9, 2014


Sommer did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Sommer did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Francis Howell School District Board of Education, At Large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Sommer 17.8% 4,047
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark LaFata 16.1% 3,647
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Hoehn 14.9% 3,375
     Nonpartisan Gary Miller 13.2% 3,000
     Nonpartisan Eric Seider 11.7% 2,658
     Nonpartisan Ronnie Johnson 10.8% 2,457
     Nonpartisan Burt Biermann 10.6% 2,402
     Nonpartisan Eric Ewalt 4.5% 1,014
     Nonpartisan Non-valid write in votes 0.4% 101
Total Votes 22,701
Source: St. Charles County Election Authority, "Official results April 5, 2011," February 11, 2014

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Mike Hoehn, Mike Sommer and Mark C. Lafata were opposed by six challengers.[3]

Issues in the district

Bullying case

Jordin Casey Carter was sentenced to five years supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault while on school property and to four misdemeanors - accessory stalking, assaulting a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting or interfering with an arrest. Last April, Carter and a juvenile followed victim Mollie Bone into the lunch line at the school and punched her in the face, dragged her to the ground by her hair while Carter continued to punch her in the face and head. As a condition of her probation, Carter may not have any contact with the victim. Police say the bullying had gone on for four months before the incident. Carter now attends Francis Howell Union High School for specific learning needs, while Bone has transferred to a school outside of the district.[4]

About the district

Francis Howell School District, Missouri
Francis Howell School District is located in St. Charles County in St. Charles, Missouri. It is located in the third largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Columbia is home to 65,794 residents.[5]


St. Charles underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.3% of St. Charles residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Charles was $57,428 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Columbia was 10.1% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Columbia (%) Missouri (%)
White 87.5 82.8
Black or African American 5.9 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.5 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.2 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, 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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