Diane Eyers

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Diane Eyers
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Former candidate for
Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large
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Last electionApril 1, 2014
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Diane Eyers was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Janesville Board of Education in Wisconsin. She was defeated in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Eyers is an accountant with Schwartz and Shea Insurance. She has a child currently attending a district school.[1]



See also: Janesville School District elections (2014)


Diane Eyers ran against incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann as well as challengers Fred Jackson and Dale Thompson in the general election on April 1, 2014.


Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Murray Incumbent 29% 4,360
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDale Thompson 20.3% 3,051
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sodemann Incumbent 17.4% 2,612
     Nonpartisan Diane Eyers 17% 2,554
     Nonpartisan Fred Jackson 16.3% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 29
Total Votes 15,054
Source: Rock County Clerk, "2014 Spring General Election," April 1, 2014


Eyers was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24 deadline.[2] State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[3]


Eyers received the endorsement of The Gazette in the April 1 general election.[4]


Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCathy Myers 21.5% 4,018
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKristin Hesselbacher 17.9% 3,338
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKarl Dommershausen 17.7% 3,313
     Nonpartisan Diane Eyers 17.2% 3,220
     Nonpartisan Peter D. Severson 16.6% 3,096
     Nonpartisan Fred Jackson 8.9% 1,659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 31
Total Votes 18,675
Source: Rock County Clerk, "2013 Spring Non-partisan," accessed January 28, 2014

Campaign themes


In an interview with The Gazette, Eyers expressed her campaign themes for 2014:

Class size

The teacher is trying to educate 24 kids as best she can, and it's tough. If we want our teachers to perform, we have to make sure we give them the tools. [5]

GazetteXtra (2014), [1]

Divide between teachers, administrators

I can talk to teachers every day, and that's the first thing you hear: No. 1, they're scared to say anything, and No. 2, they don't feel they're getting enough support. [5]

GazetteXtra (2014), [1]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

March 4 candidate forum

The League of Women Voters and the Janesville Area Council PTA hosted a candidate forum on March 4. Every candidate except Fred Jackson attended the forum. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann argued for their re-election bids based on recent progress achieved by the board. Murray believes that the district must retain experienced teachers in order to improve academic performance. Sodemann decided to seek re-election to promote Journey to Excellence, an initiative that uses results in the classroom to assess employee performance.[6]

Challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson emphasized the need for greater communication between district officials, teachers and parents. Eyers suggested that the district has to improve communications with the public regarding new policies. Thompson believed that teachers should be more involved in policy development rather than waiting for policies from the board. He also argued that the state legislature needs to provide more time for the district to meet Common Core curriculum standards.[6]

About the district

See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin
Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Rock County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Janesville is home to 63,588 residents.[7] Janesville School District is the ninth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,339 students during the 2010-11 school year.[8]


Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
Race Janesville (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.7 86.2
Black or African American 2.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 1.3 2.3
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[9]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 60.9 37.8
2008 63.8 34.5
2004 58.3 41.1
2000 57.4 39.0

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.[10]

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