|Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||10|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 1, 2014|
|First elected||April 2005|
|Associate's||Blackhawk Technical College|
|Service/branch||U.S. Air Force|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Murray earned his Associate's degree in Fire Science from Blackhawk Technical College. He worked as a firefighter and paramedic with the Janesville Fire Department until his retirement. Murray is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
|Janesville School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, April 1, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Kevin Murray Incumbent||29%||4,360|
|Nonpartisan||Bill Sodemann Incumbent||17.4%||2,612|
|Source: Rock County Clerk, "2014 Spring General Election," April 1, 2014|
Murray was exempted from filing a pre-election campaign finance report to the school district clerk by the March 24 deadline. 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.
Murray received the endorsement of The Gazette in the April 1 general election.
- See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2012
Murray ran in the 2012 election for Wisconsin State Assembly District 44. He ran against Debra Kolste, Sam Liebert, and Yuri Rashkin in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012. Incumbent Joe Knilans (R) is running unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.
|Wisconsin State Assembly, District 44 Democratic Primary, 2012|
In an interview with The Gazette, Murray acknowledged his role as a frequent critic of Superintendent Karen Schulte:
That's been kind of my reputation, one who isn't afraid to question what's going on in the school district, not in a confrontational way, but I consider myself to be an average guy, and I just want to know, so I can feel confident in what is going on and making sure our taxpayer dollars are being spent in the right way. 
—GazetteXtra (2014), 
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.
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.
About the district
- See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- GazetteXtra, "Five in the running for three Janesville School Board seats," January 8, 2014
- Information submitted through email from Debra Blazer on March 25, 2014.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- GazetteXtra, "Our Views: Kevin Murray, Bill Sodemann, Diane Eyers earn nods for Janesville School Board," March 30, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Candidates on Ballot by Election - 2012 Partisan Primary 8/14/2012," accessed June 12, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Nick Crow, GazetteXtra," "Janesville School Board candidates tackle issues during forum," March 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Janesville, Wisconsin," accessed January 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Janesville School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large • Diane Eyers • Fred Jackson • Kevin Murray • Bill Sodemann • Dale Thompson|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|