Charlie Leonelli

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Charlie Leonelli
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Former candidate for
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Seat D
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 1, 2013
AppointedMarch 2, 2013
Appointed byFairbanks North Star Borough School Board
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionOwner, Variety Motors
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Charlie Leonelli was a candidate for the Seat D position on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board up for general election on October 1, 2013. He was defeated in the October 1, 2013 by Allyson Lambert. Leonelli currently serves as the Seat G member after being appointed in March 2013.


Leonelli is the owner of Variety Motors in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was appointed to serve in the Seat G position on March 2, 2013, but has chosen to run for the full term, Seat D seat rather than the one year Seat G term. Leonelli has two sons, with one son attending Weller Elementary School.[1]



See also: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Elections (2013)

Leonelli was running against two other candidate for the Seat D position in the general election on October 1, 2013.[2]

Fairbanks School Board, Seat D, October 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllyson Lambert 39.3% 2,646
     Nonpartisan Charlie Leonelli 36% 2,424
     Nonpartisan April Johnson 22.8% 1,536
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.9% 130
Total Votes 6,736
Source: Fairbanks North Star Borough, "2013 election results," accessed August 5, 2014


As of September 25, 2013, Leonelli has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions to the Alaska Secretary of State.[3]


Leonelli did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes


In an interview with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Leonelli explained his view on the district's most pressing issues:[4]

"The most urgent topic or issue that the district has is funding, and sustainable funding. I’m going to be proactive in applying pressure, gentle pressure, to the Legislature in the state of Alaska so we know, one, how much funding we’re going to get, how likely it is if there’s going to be any increase or decrease, and what our outlook is for the future."

What's at stake?

Three positions including the president position currently held by Kristina Brophy are up for election on October 1, 2013. The most significant controversy currently facing the school district is a Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly proposal to allow Fairbanks North Star Borough School District employees to carry firearms on campus.


Charter schools

The district has three charter schools.[5] The Chinook Charter School serves grades K-8 and utlizes a Montessori style education system.[6] The Effie Kokrine Charter School is a charter school serving students in grades 7-12 focusing on a college prepatory curriculum with a culture grounded in Alaska Native culture and traditions.[7] The Watershed School serves grades K-9 and emphasizes nature education as well as a traditional curriculum.[8]

Home school program

The district offers a homeschool program, Fairbanks B.E.S.T., which serves approximately 265 students.[9] B.E.S.T. offers staff to help parents with curricular development, students to participate in school activities, the opportunity to enroll in up to two classes at district schools, and 24/7 technical support.[10]

About the district

See also: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Alaska
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is located Northeast of the Anchorage and the borough's land area is slightly larger than the state of New Jersey. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to approximately 97,581 residents.[11]


2010 Census Data for Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska[12]
Race Kenai Peninsula Borough State of Alaska
White 77.7% 67.5%
Black or African American 5.3% 3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7.2% 14.8%
Asian 2.9% 5.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 1.2%
Two or more race 6.4% 7.1%
Hispanic or Latino 6.8% 6.1%

Fairbanks North Star Borough outperforms the rest of Alaska based on percentage of people below poverty level and high school graduation rates, while slightly underperforming the rest of Alaska in median household income. The median household income for Fairbanks North Star Borough is $68,922 when compared to $69,014 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Fairbanks North Star Borough is 7.8% while it is 9.5% for the state of Alaska. 93.0% of persons over the age of 25 have a high school degree, while 91.4% of Alaska residents have a high school degree. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 27.7% of Fairbanks North Star Borough residents aged 25 or older have a bachelor's degree, while the same rate is 27.2% for the state of Alaska.

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