Rockwood School District elections (2014)

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2014 Rockwood School District Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Rockwood School District
St. Louis County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Three seats on the Rockwood School District school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Matt Doell, Keith Kinder and newcomer Dominque Paul defeated incumbent Darby Jo Arakelian and challenger Eileen Tyrrell for the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Rockwood School District, Missouri
Rockwood School District is located in St. Louis County, Mo.
Rockwood School District is located in east-central Missouri in St. Louis County. The county seat of St. Louis County is Clayton. St. Louis County is home to 1,001,444 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] In the 2011-2012 school year, Rockwood School District was the third-largest school district in Missouri and served 22,503 students.[2]


St. Louis County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.6 percent of St. Louis County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in St. Louis County was $58,910 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 10.9 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2013[1]
Race St. Louis County (%) Missouri (%)
White 70.3 83.7
Black or African American 23.7 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.5
Asian 3.8 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, St. Louis County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 297,097 224,742
2008 333,123 221,705
2004 295,284 244,969
2000 250,631 224,689

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Rockwood 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.[5]




  • Darby Jo Arakelian
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Denver and George Washington University
    • Business development consultant
  • Matt Doell Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Missouri University of Science and Technology; University of Missouri at St. Louis
    • Licensed professional engineer
  • Keith Kinder Green check mark transparent.png
    • Incumbent
    • Assistant professor, Maryville University
  • Dominque Paul Green check mark transparent.png
    • Graduate, Ohio State University
    • Certified residential appraiser, Ashar Property Appraisals, LLC
  • Eileen Tyrrell
    • Co-founder, Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions

Election results

Rockwood School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Doell Incumbent 25.9% 6,352
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Kinder Incumbent 25.4% 6,232
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDominque Paul 21.8% 5,352
     Nonpartisan Eileen Tyrrell 14.2% 3,488
     Nonpartisan Darby Jo Arakelian Incumbent 12.2% 2,986
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 101
Total Votes 24,511
Source: St. Louis County Board of Elections, "Summary Report," April 18, 2014


The Missouri National Education Association endorsed incumbents Matt Doell and Keith Kinder, as well as newcomer Dominque Paul in this election.[6]

Campaign finance

Matt Doell received $4,512 in campaign contributions and spent $973.34, leaving him with $3,538.66 on hand. He was the only candidate to file a finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[7]

Past elections

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Rockwood school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Matt Doell, Keith Kinder and newcomer Dominque Paul defeated incumbent Darby Jo Arakelian and challenger Eileen Tyrrell for the three at-large seats.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Rockwood School District election in 2014:[5]

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

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