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Chris Merk
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Former candidate for
Council Bluffs Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Chris Merk was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Council Bluffs Board of Education. Merk placed last out of seven candidates and failed to win election to the board on September 10, 2013.



See also Council Bluffs Community School District elections (2013)


Merk placed seventh and was defeated in the September 10, 2013 general election for three board seats.


Council Bluffs Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill Ogg-Gress 20.9% 464
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Riley 15.8% 351
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott Hansen 14.7% 326
     Nonpartisan Ed Shada 12.8% 284
     Nonpartisan Mike Wallner 13% 288
     Nonpartisan Ariel Bloom 12.2% 271
     Nonpartisan Chris Merk 10.6% 236
Total Votes 2,220
Source: KMA Land, "Pottawattamie County Election Results," September 11, 2013

About the district

See also: Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa
Council Bluffs Community School District is located in Pottawattamie County, IA
Council Bluffs Community School District is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is also a county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. According to the 2010 US Census, Council Bluffs is home to 62,230 residents.[1]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Council Bluffs underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 86.7% compared to 90.3% statewide. The average household income was $42,844 compared to $50,451 in the entire state. Council Bluffs had a poverty rate of 16.0%, while the poverty rate for Iowa was 11.9%.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Council Bluffs city (%) Iowa (%)
White 90.9 91.3
Hispanic or Latino 8.5 5.0
Black or African American 1.9 2.9
Asian 0.7 1.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.4
Two or More Races 2.4 1.8

Party Affiliation, 2013[2]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 20,671 37.4%
Unaffiliated 18,632 33.7%
Democratic 15,884 28.7%
Other 65 0.1%

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