Davenport Community School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Davenport Community School District
Three seats on the Davenport School Board were up for election on September 10, 2013. Each seat on the Davenport School Board is at-large with voters throughout the city selecting from a common pool of candidates. Board members will deal with dwindling enrollment figures and academic performance struggles.
About the district
Davenport outperformed the rest of Iowa in terms of higher education achievement though lagged behind on median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 25.9% of Davenport residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.9% rate for the entire state. Davenport had a median income of $42,983 in 2010 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The poverty rate for Davenport was 17.6% in 2010 compared to an 11.9% rate for the rest of the state.
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.
Method of board member selection
The Davenport School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entirety of the district. There was no primary election for the school board election and the general election took place on September 10, 2013. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and four seats are up for election in 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.
- Richard Clewell
- Graduate, Iowa State University
- Retired Department of Defense Official
- Maria Dickmann
- Graduate, Illinois State University
- Elaine Kresse
- Graduate, Marycrest College and University of Iowa
- Retired teacher
- Jamie Snyder
- Graduate, Western Illinois University
- Sales manager
- Patt Zamora
|Davenport Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Richard Clewell Incumbent||21.7%||1,274|
|Nonpartisan||Patt Zamora Incumbent||18.9%||1,109|
|Source: Scott County, Iowa, "Election Summary Report," September 13, 2013|
A total of $5,777.07 in contributions was reported by candidates in this election. Richard Clewell and Patt Zamora did not file campaign disclosure reports with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Davenport Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Ken Krumwiede Incumbent||22.8%||1,371|
|Nonpartisan||Ralph Johanson Incumbent||18.7%||1,125|
|Nonpartisan||Nikki J. DeFauw Incumbent||18.4%||1,104|
|Source: Scott County Auditor, "Election Summary Report," September 15, 2011|
What was at stake?
Three seats on the board were up for election on September 10, 2013 with incumbents Richard Clewell and Patt Zamora seeking re-election. The board contended with declining enrollment figures across the district as well as poor academic performance according to state and federal assessment programs. Davenport Community School District has experienced a 5.2% decline in enrollment between 2008 and 2012. The district was identified as a District in Need of Assistance and 20 schools qualified as Schools in Need of Assistance according to the 2012 State Report Card.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Davenport Community School District election in 2013:
|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
Residents in the Davenport Community School District voted on Proposition D, a referendum to define district control over funds accrued from an existing portion of the state sales tax. Municipal elections for the city's mayoral and council races were held on November 5, 2013.
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- Davenport Community School District, "School Board Members," accessed July 29, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Davenport," accessed July 29, 2013
- Scott County Auditor, "Election Results," accessed July 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Davenport Community School District, "School Board Election information," accessed July 29, 2013
- Scott County Auditor, "2013 School Board Elections Requirement Chart," accessed July 29, 2013
- Quad-City Times, "Bettendorf, Davenport teachers endorse school board candidates," September 4, 2013
- Quad-City Times, "Labor group issues school board endorsements," September 5, 2013
- Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board, "Scott County," accessed September 11, 2013
- Iowa Department of Education, "Certified Enrollment," accessed July 29, 2013
- Iowa Department of Education, "Education Statistics," accessed July 29, 2013
- Quad-City Times, "Voters to weigh in on sales tax revenue for Davenport schools," September 4, 2013
- Scott County Auditor, "Monthly Calendar," accessed July 29, 2013