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Ed Linebach, III

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Ed Linebach, III
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Des Moines School Board, District 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNorth High School
Bachelor'sCentral College
ProfessionOnline sales executive
Personal website
Ed Linebach, III unsuccessfully ran for the vacant District 2 seat on the Des Moines School Board that was up for election on September 10, 2013.


Ed Linebach resides in Des Moines, Iowa. In 1977, Linebach graduated from North High School, which is part of Des Moines Public Schools.[1] Linebach received a Bachelor's degree from Central College and spent more than 12 years employed as a salesman and eventually Director of e-Commerce with NationJob.[2] Linebach is a current member of the Des Moines Public Schools Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee.[3]



See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)


Toussaint Cheatom defeated Ed Linebach for the District 2 seat in the general election on September 10, 2013.


Des Moines Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngToussaint Cheatom 52.9% 607
     Nonpartisan Ed Linebach, III 46.5% 534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 7
Total Votes 1,148
Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013


During his campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Ed Linebach were reported to the Iowa Secretary of State.[4]


Ed Linebach did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Linebach advocated greater engagement between the school district and the community, stating, "We need to get more people involved, whether that is with the PTAs or that is with the neighborhood organizations. Let’s bring everybody together, get everyone’s input in this and be clear and upfront and transparent. I think the main thing is to get everybody involved and go from there."[5]

What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on September 10, 2013. Incumbents Connie Boesen, Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Joe Jongewaard sought re-election to the board while fellow incumbent and current Chair Dick Murphy did not file for re-election, thereby ensuring that the election would result in a change of board leadership. Boesen and Jongewaard faced three challengers for two at-large seats. Rob X. Barron, Heather Ryan and Shane Schulte filed for the at-large race, while Ed Linebach and Toussaint Cheatom filed for the new District 2 seat. Caldwell-Johnson, Darlene Blake and Joel Doyle filed for the new District 4 seat.[6]

About the district

See also: Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa
Des Moines Public Schools is located in Polk County, Iowa
Des Moines Public Schools is located in Polk County, Iowa. The county seat of Polk County is Des Moines. According to the 2010 US Census, Polk County is home to 430,640 residents.[7]


Polk County outperformed the rest of Iowa in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Polk County was $57,473 compared to $50,451 for the state of Iowa. The poverty rate in Polk County was 10.6% compared to 11.9% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.8% of Polk County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 24.9% in Iowa.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Polk County (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.1 88.0
Black or African American 6.4 3.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.5
Asian 3.8 2.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.1 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 7.9 5.3

Party Affiliation, 2013[9]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 107,630 38.7
Republican 83,853 30.2
Unaffiliated 85,819 30.9
Other 638 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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[10] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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