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Chris Lynch
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Board member, Iowa City Community School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 10, 2013
Next generalSeptember 12, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada
ProfessionOperations Management, Procter and Gamble
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Chris Lynch is an at-large member of the Iowa City school board. He won the general election election for the seat on September 10, 2013.


Chris Lynch earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He went on work in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Engineering for Procter & Gamble for 21 years. He lives in Iowa City with his wife, Sheri, and their two children[1]



See also: Iowa City Community School District elections (2013)


Lynch won an election for a four year term on September 10, 2013 against eight other candidates for 3 school board member positions.[2]


Iowa City Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-Year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTuyet Dorau Incumbent 16.1% 3,738
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Lynch 13.5% 3,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kirschling 13.1% 3,041
     Nonpartisan Phil Hemingway 12.7% 2,936
     Nonpartisan Karla Cook Incumbent 11.5% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Sara Barron 11.1% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Jason T. Lewis 10.3% 2,392
     Nonpartisan Gregg Geerdes 8.7% 2,019
     Nonpartisan James Tate 2.8% 659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 53
Total Votes 23,193
Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Election Results," accessed January 8, 2014


Chris Lynch received an endorsement from The Gazette on September 7, 2013.[3]

Campaign themes

Chris Lynch's campaign Facebook page and personal blog listed the following issues for his 2013 campaign.[4]

Focus on Education

Benchmark best schools/programming in country Benchmark global leaders in education for learning Determine lead models for progressive programming (magnet programs, year around school, etc.) Teacher Survey: Are we meeting your needs? Professional Development Renewal (based on Teacher Survey) Commission teams to execute a Help Needed Assessment at most challenged schools (Principles, Teachers, Parents, Students, Admin involved)

21st century classroom

21st Century Classroom: Student Achievement Focused Develop Class Room standards (temperature, technology, etc.) Develop School Standards (safety, security, appearance, etc.) Determine future classroom to support lead model programming Student Survey: Can you follow your passion? What are your unmet needs?

What was at stake?

School closings

The board met on July 16, 2013 to discuss the possibility of closing schools. The board received a set of proposals from a community committee, one which called for the closing of Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills elementary schools and another that only called for the closing of Hoover Elementary. District officials are attempting to address facility needs in the growing school district.[5] On July 26, 2013, the School Board voted 5-2 in favor of closing Hoover Elementary in 2018. The two dissenting votes were made by Marla Swesey and Tuyet Dorau.[6]

About the district


Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 70,133 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Iowa City outperforms the rest of Iowa based on higher education achievement while underperforming the rest of Iowa in median household income and ersons below poverty level. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Iowa City is $41,956 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher in Iowa City (58.2%%) than Iowa (24.9%). Iowa City has a higher poverty rate at 28.5% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Iowa City (%) Iowa (%)
White 82.5 91.3
Black or African American 5.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.4
Asian 6.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67 31
2008 70 28
2004 64 34
2000 59 34

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