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Iowa City Community School District elections (2013)

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2013 Iowa City Community School District Elections

General Election date:
September 10, 2103
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Johnson County, Iowa ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Iowa
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Three seats on the Board of Education for the Iowa City Community School District were up for election on September 10, 2013. A major issue that faced the Iowa City Community School District was a pattern of increased enrollment over the previous five years.

About the district

See also: Iowa City Community School District, Iowa
Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 70,133 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Iowa City outperforms the rest of Iowa based on higher education achievement while underperforming in comparison to the rest of Iowa in median household income and persons below poverty level. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Iowa City is $41,956 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher in Iowa City (58.2%%) than Iowa (24.9%). Iowa City has a higher poverty rate at 28.5% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Iowa City (%) Iowa (%)
White 82.5 91.3
Black or African American 5.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.4
Asian 6.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67 31
2008 70 28
2004 64 34
2000 59 34

Method of board member election

The Iowa City Community Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. All seven members are elected at-large. There was no primary election and the general election was held on September 10, 2013. Three at-large member seats were at stake in 2013 and four member seats are on the ballot on 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.[3]




  • Sara Barron
    • Graduate, University of Iowa
    • Community relations director, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Johnson County
  • Karla Cook
    • Graduate, University of Iowa
    • Retired educator
  • Tuyet Dorau
    • Graduate, University of Iowa
    • Coordinator, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
  • Brian Kirschling
    • Graduate, University of Iowa
    • Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology
  • Jason T. Lewis
    • Graduate, University of Iowa
    • Director, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Chris Lynch
    • Operations management, Procter and Gamble
  • Jim Tate
    • Veteran, United States Marine Corps

Election results

Iowa City Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-Year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTuyet Dorau Incumbent 16.1% 3,738
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris Lynch 13.5% 3,121
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Kirschling 13.1% 3,041
     Nonpartisan Phil Hemingway 12.7% 2,936
     Nonpartisan Karla Cook Incumbent 11.5% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Sara Barron 11.1% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Jason T. Lewis 10.3% 2,392
     Nonpartisan Gregg Geerdes 8.7% 2,019
     Nonpartisan James Tate 2.8% 659
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 53
Total Votes 23,193
Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 10, 2013 School Election Results," accessed January 8, 2014


No candidates disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[4]


The Gazette endorsed Tuyet Dorau, Chris Lynch and Sara Barron.[5]


Iowa City Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-Year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarla Swesey 19.9% 2,976
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeff McGinness 19.1% 2,856
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSally Hoelscher 15.4% 2,305
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatti Fields 12.8% 1,910
     Nonpartisan Phil Hemingway 12.2% 1,821
     Nonpartisan Robert Porter 10.6% 1,589
     Nonpartisan Jeff Alden 6.2% 934
     Nonpartisan James "Jim" Tate 3.8% 572
Total Votes 14,963
Source: Johnson County Auditor, "September 13, 2011 School Election," accessed August 28, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on September 10, 2013, including the seat of the incumbent vice president of the Iowa City Community School Board, Tuyet Dorau.


School closing

The board met on July 16, 2013 to discuss the possibility of closing schools. The board received a set of proposals from a community committee, one which called for the closing of Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills elementary schools and another that only called for the closing of Hoover Elementary. District officials are attempting to address facility needs in the growing school district.[6] On July 26, 2013, the School Board voted 5-2 in favor of closing Hoover Elementary in 2018. The two dissenting votes were made by Marla Swesey and Tuyet Dorau.[7]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Iowa City Community School District election in 2013:[8]

Deadline Event
July 8, 2013 First day for candidates to file with school board secretary
August 1, 2013 Last day for candidates to file with school board secretary
August 30, 2013 Voter pre-registration ends at 5:00 p.m.
September 6, 2013 Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
September 10, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The September 10, 2013 election had a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy measure on the ballot. This was an annual measure that can be used for purchase and improvement of grounds, construction of schoolhouses or buildings and opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings, purchase of buildings and the purchase, lease or lease-purchase of a single unit of equipment or technology exceeding $500 in value and payment of debts contracted for the erection or construction of schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds.[9]

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