Gary Anhalt

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Gary Anhalt
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Cedar Rapids Community School District, At-large
Term ends
November 2013
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedSeptember 8, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWinona State University
Office website
Gary Anhalt is an at-large member of the Cedar Rapids Board of Education. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and was re-elected in an unopposed race on September 10, 2013.

Anhalt was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 65 of the Iowa House of Representatives.


Anhalt earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Winona State University. He taught at Cedar Rapids Community Schools for 40 years before his retirement. Anhalt has also served as a member of the Cedar Rapids Recreation Commission.[1][2]



See also: Iowa House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Iowa House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Liz Bennett defeated Gary Anhalt in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4][5]

Iowa House of Representatives, District 65 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLiz Bennett 63.7% 1,465
Gary Anhalt 36.3% 834
Total Votes 2,299


See also: Cedar Rapids Community School District elections (2013)


Anhalt sought re-election to the Cedar Rapids Board of Education as an at-large member. He ran unopposed in the general election on September 10, 2013.


Cedar Rapids Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Anhalt Incumbent 95.9% 2,747
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 4.1% 117
Total Votes 2,864
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Official Summary Report," September 13, 2013


Anhalt first won election to the board on September 8, 2009. He ran unopposed for an at-large seat with 23 write-in votes cast.[6]

Cedar Rapids Community School District, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Anhalt 97.9% 1,072
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 2.1% 23
Total Votes 1,095

Campaign themes


In a July 16, 2013 interview with The Gazette, Anhalt cited reduced enrollment, budgetary concerns and modernizing educational techniques as his campaign themes. He also touted his role as the lone opponent of closing Polk Elementary School in 2012.[2]

About the district

See also: Cedar Rapids Community School District, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is located in Linn County, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is the county seat of Linn County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 126,326 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[7] The Cedar River cuts through the city before connecting with the Iowa River and the Mississippi River.


Cedar Rapids outperforms the rest of Iowa based on median income and higher education achievement while lagging behind the state poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Cedar Rapids is $51,108 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees is higher in Cedar Rapids (29.6%) than Iowa (24.9%). Cedar Rapids has a higher poverty rate at 12.6% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Cedar Rapids (%) Iowa (%)
White 88.0 91.3
Black or African American 5.6 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 3.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 57.9 40.2
2008 60.0 38.5
2004 54.6 44.7
2000 53.1 44.0

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.[9]

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