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Tommy Branch Jr.
Tommy Branch Jr.jpg
Former candidate for
Board member, Zone 6 Little Rock School District Board of Education
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 17, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Master'sOuachita Baptist University
Personal
ProfessionTrainer, Division of Youth Services
Tommy Branch Jr. campaign logo
Tommy Branch Jr. was a candidate for the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School District Board of Education. He was opposed by Tara Shephard and Florene Armstrong. The election took place on September 17, 2013. He was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the Arkansas House of Representatives, District 30.

Biography

Branch earned a degree in Business Administration from Philander Smith College. He opened a music production company in 2008 and has worked in the private sector for seven years. He has also worked as the campaign manager for Representative Fredrick Love. In 2012, he was appointed by the School Board to the Zone 6 position on the Little Rock School District School Board.[1]

Elections

2013

Tommy Branch, Jr. ran for the Zone 6 seat on the Little Rock School District Board of Education. He was defeated by two candidates, Florene Armstrong and Tara Shephard.

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.

A runoff election took place on October 8, 2013 between Florene Armstrong and Tara Shephard.[2]

Funding

As of September 16, 2013, Branch had not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[3]

Endorsements

Tommy Branch, Jr. did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.

2012

Branch ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 30. Branch and Charles Armstrong defeated Norith Ellison in the May 22 Democratic primary. Branch was then defeated by Armstrong in the June 12, 2012, primary runoff election.[4][5][6][7]

Arkansas House of Representatives District 30 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Armstrong (advanced to runoff) 44.8% 1,120
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Branch, Jr. (advanced to runoff) 30.8% 770
Norith Ellison 24.4% 611
Total Votes 2,501

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.

Issues

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."[8] The Arkansas Attorney General condemned the practice of arming teachers in order to improve school safety.[9]

About the district

Location

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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.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
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.[12]

See also

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