Tara Shephard

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Tara Shephard
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Candidate for
Board Member, Little Rock School District Board of Education, Zone 6
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Next generalOctober 1, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionDrug and alcohol counselor
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Tara Shephard is a candidate for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School District Board of Education. She was opposed by Florene Armstrong and Tommy Branch Jr. The election took place on September 17, 2013. She will face Florene Armstrong in a runoff election on October 8, 2013.[1]

Biography

Tara Shephard was a candidate for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School board. She is a drug and alcohol counselor, founder and CEO of a non-profit organization and a teacher.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Little Rock School District Elections (2013)

Tara Shephard ran against two candidates, Tommy Branch Jr. and Florene Armstrong for the Zone 6 seat on the Little Rock School District School Board in the general election that was held on September 17, 2013. She faced Florene Armstrong in a runoff election held on October 8, 2013.[1]

Little Rock School District Board of Directors Zone 6, September 17, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Florene Armstrong 34% 157
     Nonpartisan Tommy Branch Jr. 24.5% 113
     Nonpartisan Tara Shephard 41.6% 192
Total Votes 462
Source: Pulaski County Election Commission These results are unofficial.

Funding

As of August 19, 2013, Shephard had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[3]

Endorsements

Tara Shephard did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

About the district

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Little Rock School District is located in central Arkansas in Pulaski County. It is the county seat and capital of the state of Arkansas and is the largest city in the state of Arkansas. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 193,524 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Fort Smith (%) Arkansas (%)
White 48.9 80.0
Black or African American 42.3 15.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.9
Asian 2.7 1.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.3
Two or More Races 1.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 6.8

Demographics

Little Rock outperforms the rest of Arkansas when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Little Rock was $44,392 compared to $40,149 for the state of Arkansas. 38.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 19.6% in Arkansas. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Little Rock was 17.8%% compared to 18.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 89.2% of Little Rock residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 82.7% in Arkansas.[6]

What was at stake?

On September 17, 2013, Three seats were at stake on the Little Rock School District School Board. Incumbent Zone 4 member and Vice President Greg Adams were unopposed.

Arming employees

In early 2013, the Little Rock School District School Board addressed the issue of hiring armed security guards at district buildings. School board Vice President Greg Adams, urged further consideration of the issue. "“It concerns me that if we focus on something that is so unusual and so rare that we may take our eyes off of other areas,” he said, adding that students are more likely to die from suicide or drowning than from a school shooting."[7] The Arkansas Attorney General condemned the practice of arming teachers in order to improve school safety.[8]

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