Dubuque Community Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Dubuque Community Schools Elections

General Election date:
September 10, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Iowa school districts
Dubuque Community Schools
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Three seats on the Dubuque Community School Board were up for election on September 10, 2013. Each seat on the Dubuque Community School Board is at-large with voters throughout the city selecting from a common pool of candidates.

About the district

See also: Dubuque Community School District, Iowa
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Dubuque Community Schools is located in Dubuque, Iowa. According to the 2010 US Census, Dubuque is home to 58,155 residents.[1] The district lies on the eastern border of Iowa and is 201 miles east of Des Moines.


The median household income in Dubuque in 2011 was $43,362 compared to $50,451 for the state of Iowa. The poverty rate was 11.8% in Dubuque compared to 11.9% statewide. The graduation rate for Dubuque was 90.0% whereas statewide the graduation rate for Iowa is 90.3%.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Dubuque City (%) Iowa (%)
White 91.7% 91.3%
Black or African American 4.0% 2.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3% 0.4%
Asian 1.1% 1.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.1%
Two or More Races 1.8% 1.8%
Hispanic or Latino 2.4% 5.0%

Party Affiliation, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 24,887 39.9%
Unaffiliated 22,627 36.3%
Republican 14,781 23.7%
Other 102 0.2%

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Dubuque Community School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entire district. There was no primary election for the school board election and the general election was held on September 10, 2013. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and the remaining 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 and candidates had until August 6 to officially withdraw from the ballot. Each candidate had to file nomination petitions with at least 50 valid signatures with the board secretary.[6]




  • Craig Beytien
    • Graduate, University of Kansas and Washburn University
    • Chief Operating Officer, Pubcentral.com
  • Terra Siegert
    • Graduate, Cornell College and Universiteit Leiden
    • Program Director, Community Educators

Election results

Dubuque Community Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Prochaska 33.1% 2,559
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Beytien Incumbent 27% 2,085
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTerra Siegert 23% 1,773
     Nonpartisan George Davis Incumbent 16.9% 1,304
Total Votes 7,721
Source: The Telegraph Herald, "Beytien, Prochaska, Siegert elected to Dubuque school board," September 10, 2013

Campaign finance

As of September 5, 2013, a total of $1,622.00 in contributions had been reported by candidates in this election. Jim Prochaska and Craig Beytien did not file campaign disclosure reports with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.[7]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
George Davis $0 $0 $0
Terra Siegert $1,622.00 $821.49 $800.51


Dubuque Community School Board, September 13, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTami Ryan 30.1% 3,202
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Donohue 28% 2,976
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Barton 27.8% 2,959
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Strelo 14% 1,491
Total Votes 10,628
Source: KWWL.com These results are unofficial.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were up for election on September 10, 2013 and incumbents Craig Beytien and George Davis sought re-election. Incumbent Otto Krueger did not seek a third term in order to run for the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors.[8] In 2012, top priorities included "assessing the district's technology needs" and "fostering teamwork and innovation among staff members" to aid in making district communication paramount.[9]

The "mega school" concept drew attention for a number of candidates vying for the four open board seats in 2011. Many of them campaigned against the district’s plan to combine several small schools into one mega school. District administrators suggested the “mega school” concept to cut costs. Administration also suggested academic benefits from a mega school and argued that it allows schools to pool their individual resources to give students more options. Opponents cited "family concerns" and the concept was eventually thrown out.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Dubuque Community Schools election in 2013:[6]

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 Dubuque Community School Board election did not share the ballot with other elections on September 10, 2013. Municipal elections for Dubuque will be held on November 5, 2013.

See also

External links