Rudy Upshaw

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Rudy Upshaw
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Board Member, Bentonville School Board, Zone 6
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
First electedSeptember, 2012
AppointedMay, 2012
Appointed byBentonville school board
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lowell City Council
2000 - 2002
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas, Fayetteville
ProfessionCommercial relationship manager
Office website
Ballotpedia's school board candidate survey
Rudy Upshaw was the Zone 6 member of the Bentonville school board. He was first appointed to the chamber in May, 2012 and elected in September, 2012. He lost his re-election bid in a general election on September 17, 2013.


Rudy Upshaw resides in Bentonville, Arkansas. Upshaw earned his Bachelor's degree in Financial Management from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1994. He started his career as the vice president of commercial banking with Arvest Bank from 1997 to 2007, before working from 2007 to 2010 as the vice president of client services for Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. Upshaw spent two years as vice president of the Liberty Bank of Arkansas before taking his current position as the commercial relationship manager with Intrust Bank. From 2000 to 2002, he served on the Lowell City Council.[1][2]



See also: Bentonville Public Schools elections (2013)


Rudy Upshaw lost to challenger Matt Burgess in his attempt 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


Rudy Upshaw did not report any contributions or expenditures to his campaign.


Rudy Upshaw 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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]

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  1. LinkedIn, "Rudy Upshaw," accessed November 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dave Perozek, NWA Online, "Two Running For Bentonville School Board," September 7, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Benton County, Arkansas," accessed November 21, 2013
  4. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed November 21, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.