St. Joseph School District elections (2014)

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2014 St. Joseph School District Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
St. Joseph School District
Buchanan County, Missouri ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Missouri
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Two seats on the St. Joseph School District board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Since incumbents Sarah Siemens and Sue Wagner did not file for re-election, both elected members are newcomers to the board. Kappy Hodges and Lori Prussman narrowly edged out Jeff Bird for the two at-large seats.

About the district

St. Joseph School District is located in Buchanan County, Mo.
The St. Joseph School District is located in north-west Missouri in Buchanan County. The county seat of Buchanan County is St. Joseph. St. Joseph is home to 77,147 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1] In the 2011-2012 school year, the St. Joseph School District was the 17th-largest school district in Missouri and served 11,721 students.[2]


Higher education achievement

St. Joseph underperformed in comparison to the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education attainment. The United States Census Bureau found that 20.4 percent of St. Joseph residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 25.8 percent rate for the state of Missouri.[1]

Median household income

St. Joseph had a median household income of $42,248 in 2010 compared to $47,333 for Missouri.[1]

Poverty rate

The poverty rate for St. Joseph was 18.4 percent in 2010 compared to a 10.5 percent rate for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race St. Joseph (%) Missouri (%)
White 87.8 82.8
Black or African American 6.0 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 0.9 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.7 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.7 3.5

Presidential Voting Pattern, Buchanan County[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 15,594 18,660
2008 19,164 19,110
2004 17,799 19,812
2000 17,085 16,423

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The St. Joseph school board consists of seven members elected at-large to six-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on April 8, 2014 for two seats. Three will be on the ballot in 2016.

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]




Election results

St. Joseph School District, At-Large General Election, 6-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKappy Hodges 33.9% 8,453
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori Prussman 33.8% 8,414
     Nonpartisan Jeff Bird 32.3% 8,055
Total Votes 24,922
Source: Buchanan County, Missouri, "General Municipal Elections Official Results," June 20, 2014


Kappy Hodges was endorsed by the Saint Joseph Building & Construction Trades Council.[6]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $8,050.90 and spent $4,588.88, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[7]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Contributions Maintained
Jeff Bird - - -
Kappy Hodges $5,050.90 $4,174.57 $876.33
Lori Prussman $3,000.00 $414.31 $2,585.69

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph school board election shared the ballot with other municipal elections in Buchanan County.

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