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Cedar Rapids Community School District elections (2013)

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2013 Cedar Rapids Community School District Elections

General Election date:
September 10, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Iowa
Cedar Rapids Community School District
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Three seats on the Board of Education for the Cedar Rapids Community School District were up for election on September 10, 2013. Seats up for election covered Districts 2 and 3 as well as one at-large seat.

Major issues that faced the Cedar Rapids Community School District included shrinking state funding and a pattern of decreased enrollment over the previous five years.

About the district

See also: Cedar Rapids Community School District, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is the county seat of Linn County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 126,326, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Demographics

Cedar Rapids outperformed the rest of Iowa based on median income and higher education achievement while lagging behind the state poverty rate. The 2010 United States Census found that the median household income in Cedar Rapids was $51,108 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees was higher in Cedar Rapids (29.6%) than Iowa (24.9%). Cedar Rapids had a higher poverty rate at 12.6% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Cedar Rapids (%) Iowa (%)
White 88.0 91.3
Black or African American 5.6 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 3.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.9 40.2
2008 60.0 38.5
2004 54.6 44.7
2000 53.1 44.0


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Cedar Rapids Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Three members of the board are at-large members while four members represent specific geographic districts. There was no primary election and the general election was held on September 10, 2013. One at-large seat and seats for Districts 2 and 3 were on the ballot in 2013. Two at-large seats and seats in Districts 1 and 4 are on the ballot on September 8, 2015.

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on July 8, 2013. The filing deadline for the 2013 general election was August 1, 2013 and candidates had until August 6, 2013 to officially withdraw from the ballot. Each candidate had to file nomination petitions with at least 50 valid signatures to the board secretary.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Gary Anhalt
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Winona State University
    • Retired teacher

  • Nancy Humbles
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Northern Iowa and University of Iowa
    • Director, University of Iowa Center for Diversity & Enrichment

  • Keith Westercamp
    • Graduate, Iowa State University and University of Iowa
    • Owner, Appraisal Associates Company
  • Lawrence Wenclawski
    • Graduate, University of Illinois-Chicago
    • Software developer

Election results

Cedar Rapids Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Anhalt Incumbent 95.9% 2,747
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 4.1% 117
Total Votes 2,864
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Official Summary Report," September 13, 2013


Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Humbles Incumbent 96.3% 2,632
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 3.7% 100
Total Votes 2,732
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Official Summary Report," September 13, 2013


Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Westercamp Incumbent 64.7% 2,178
     Nonpartisan Lawrence Wenclawski 33.9% 1,142
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 44
Total Votes 3,364
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Official Summary Report," September 13, 2013

Endorsements

On September 7, 2013, The Gazette endorsed incumbent Keith Westercamp over challenger Lawrence Wenclawski in the September 10, 2013 board election.[5]

2011

Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Meisterling 66.2% 2,750
     Nonpartisan Dustin Weiland 33.8% 1,407
Total Votes 4,157
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Election Results 2010-2014," accessed July 25, 2013


Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Witt 57.4% 2,184
     Nonpartisan Sunny Story 42.6% 1,619
Total Votes 3,803
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Election Results 2010-2014," accessed July 25, 2013


Cedar Rapids Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnn Rosenthal 29.7% 2,258
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Laverty 28.9% 2,198
     Nonpartisan Kathy D. Ulrich 19% 1,446
     Nonpartisan Karen Hartlep 14.5% 1,100
     Nonpartisan Matt Ford 7.9% 601
Total Votes 7,603
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Election Results 2010-2014," accessed July 25, 2013

What was at stake?

Incumbents Gary Anhalt, Nancy Humbles and Keith Westercamp sought re-election to the board. Anhalt and Humbles were first elected to the chamber in 2009 while Westercamp became a member of the board in 1997. Anhalt and Humbles ran unopposed while Westercamp was challenged by Lawrence Wenclawski.

The primary issues facing the Cedar Rapids Community School District included decreased state funding and lower enrollment levels. The district experienced an 8% decrease in enrollment from 2008 to 2012.[6] This drop in total enrollment was accompanied by shrinking state funding, including a year without an allotment for budget growth in 2011.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Cedar Rapids Community School District election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
July 8, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
August 1, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
September 10, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election in Cedar Rapids shared the ballot with a proposed increase to a tax levy dedicated to facilities improvements. The Physical Plant and Equipment Levy is $0.67 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The tax levy proposal would have increased the rate to $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed value starting in 2015. Voters rejected the ballot measure.[8][9]

See also

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