Council Bluffs Community School District elections (2013)

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2013 Council Bluffs 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
Council Bluffs Community School District
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Four seats were up for election on the Council Bluffs Board of Education on September 10, 2013. District voters chose three at-large members for four-year terms and one at-large member for an unexpired two-year term left by Joe Hotz, who announced his retirement from the board.

About the district

See also: Council Bluffs Community School District, Iowa
Council Bluffs Community School District is located in Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Council Bluffs Community School District is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is also a county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Council Bluffs is home to 62,230 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Demographics

In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Council Bluffs underperformed in comparison to the rest of Iowa. 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 (%) 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%
Democratic 15,884 28.7%
Other 65 0.1%
Unaffiliated 18,632 33.7%

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 Council Bluffs Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on September 10, 2013. Three at-large seats with full terms as well as an unexpired two-year term were on the ballot in 2013. Four seats will be on the ballot in September 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

Election results

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



Council Bluffs Community School District, At-Large General Election, Unexpired 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJ.J. Harvey Incumbent 100% 635
Total Votes 635
Source: KMA Land, "Pottawattamie County Election Results," September 11, 2013

Campaign finance

A total of $1,050 in contributions was reported by candidates in this election. Ariel Bloom was the only candidate in the race to file a campaign disclosure form before the election.[5]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ariel Bloom $1,050 $950 $100

What was at stake?

Incumbent J.J. Harvey sought re-election without opposition to a two-year unexpired term left by Joe Hotz. Hotz resigned from the board in May 2013 and interim member Bobbette Behrens did not file for re-election.[6] There were seven candidates running for three at-large seats on the board including Ariel Bloom, Jill Ogg-Gress, Scott Hansen, Chris Merk, Susan Riley, Ed Shada and Mike Wallner.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Council Bluffs Community School District election in 2013:[8]

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 Council Bluffs Community School District election did not share the ballot with other elections. City and county elections were scheduled for November 5, 2013.[9]

See also

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