Elaine Kresse

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Elaine Kresse
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Davenport Community School District, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMarycrest College
Master'sUniversity of Iowa
ProfessionRetired teacher
Elaine Kresse was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Davenport Community School District School Board in the September 10, 2013 general election. She campaigned to add classes that teach industrial and life skills throughout the district.


Kresse is a retired school teacher who taught in the Davenport Community School District for 31 years. She also wrote curriculum for Black Hawk College and worked as a consultant for John Deere. Kresse earned her Bachelor's degree from Marycrest College and her Master's degree from the University of Iowa.[1]



See also: Davenport Community School District elections (2013)


Kresse placed last in a five-candidate field for three board seats on the ballot on September 10, 2013.


Davenport Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Clewell Incumbent 21.7% 1,274
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Snyder 20.3% 1,190
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Dickmann 19.6% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Patt Zamora Incumbent 18.9% 1,109
     Nonpartisan Elaine Kresse 18.2% 1,070
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 77
Total Votes 5,867
Source: Scott County, Iowa, "Election Summary Report," September 13, 2013


Kresse received $1,943.05 in campaign contributions with a total of $1,419.13 remaining on hand as of September 5, 2013.[2]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Maria Dickmann $2,930.00 $1,410.41 $1,519.59
Elaine Kresse $1,943.05 $523.92 $1,419.13
Jamie Snyder $904.02 $0 $904.02


Kresse received the endorsement of the Quad-City Federation of Labor ahead of the September 10, 2013 general election.[3]

Campaign themes

Life skills classes

“Life skill classes provide incentives to learn and stay in school for those secondary students unmotivated by desk work. They also provide experiences that create a knowledge base for career choices that enhance careers in engineering and technology as well as provide an educated labor force.

The lack of exposure to and opportunities for study or practice in industrial and life skills needed limits practice in reading and math so necessary to doing well on standardized tests. It also affects our drop out rate and limits our graduates applying for jobs in the labor market.”[4]

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were up for election on September 10, 2013. The board continues to deal with declining enrollment figures across the district as well as poor performances according to state and federal assessment programs. Davenport Community School District has experienced a 5.2% decline in enrollment between 2008 and 2012.[5] 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.[6]

About the district

See also: Davenport Community School District, Iowa
Davenport is located in Scott County, Iowa
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County and rests along the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. The city's population is 99,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7]


Davenport outperforms the rest of Iowa in terms of higher education achievement though lags 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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Davenport (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.7 91.3
Black or African American 10.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - 0.1
Two or More Races 3.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.1 42.4
2008 56.6 42.1
2004 50.9 48.3
2000 50.0 47.2

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