Joe Jongewaard

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Joe Jongewaard
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Board Member, Des Moines School Board, At-large
Former incumbent
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
AppointedJanuary 27, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJefferson-Scranton High School
Bachelor'sIowa State University
ProfessionPublic servant
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Joe Jongewaard was an at-large member of the Des Moines Board of Directors. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2012 and lost re-election on September 10, 2013.


Joe Jongewaard resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife.[1] Jongewaard graduated from Jefferson-Scranton High School, which is not a part of Des Moines Public Schools.[2] He earned a B.S. in Economics from Iowa State University.[1] Jong has spent nearly 16 years employed with Equitable Life Insurance, and has served as an aide to both former Governor Tom Vilsack and U.S. Senator Tom Harkin.[1] He is currently a Project Manager for the Iowa Department of Economic Development.[3] Jongewaard also volunteered on a committee that developed Downtown School in the school district.[1]



See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)


Connie Boesen and Rob X. Barron defeated incumbent Joe Jongewaard and challengers Heather Ryan and Shane Schulte for two at-large seats in the general election on September 10, 2013.[4]


Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Boesen Incumbent 24.4% 2,838
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRob X. Barron 23.2% 2,699
     Nonpartisan Joe Jongewaard Incumbent 22.9% 2,671
     Nonpartisan Shane Schulte 19.3% 2,251
     Nonpartisan Heather Ryan 9.2% 1,076
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 120
Total Votes 11,655
Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013


As of September 9, 2013, Joe Jongewaard reported $13,015.00 in donations and $5,294.82 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left him with $7,720.18 on-hand.[5]


Joe Jongewaard received endorsements for his campaign from the Des Moines Education Association and the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.[6][7]

Campaign themes

Jongewaard's re-election announcement highlighted his efforts to increase the number of teachers in the school district, to initiate an employee wellness program and to expand funding for English Language Learner students. He emphasized a desire to eliminate achievement gaps and distrust in the school district. Jongewaard also expressed that he would not support a settlement with former superintendent Nancy Sebring.[8] He advocated an increase in district spending to meet revenue, arguing, "We need to put the resources we have and put them towards the kids, we have 20 million dollars more in ending balance this year than we had last year. That money shouldn't be piling up in an account somewhere it should be in the classroom."[9] Jongewaard cited research statistics in support of keeping class sizes small, and on the subject of mental health, stated, "A first-grader does not learn to read if they have mental health problems, so that is something that we really need to pay attention to. The second thing is, we need to educate so that we can remove the stigma of mental (illness) so more people get the treatment that they need."[10][11]

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.[12]

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.[13]


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.[14]

Racial Demographics, 2012[14]
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[15]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[16][17]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Des Moines Public Schools, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
  2. Facebook, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
  3. The University of Iowa - Public Policy Center, "Joe Jongewaard," accessed August 2, 2013
  4. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Mix of incumbents, challengers to join Des Moines school board," September 10, 2013
  5. IECDB Web Reporting System, "DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page," accessed September 9, 2013 (dead link)
  6. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Teachers union endorses candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 8, 2013
  7. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "AFSCME endorses four candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 20, 2013
  8. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Jongewaard to run for D.M. school board," August 1, 2013
  9. Stephanie Moore, 13, "SCHOOL BOARD: Three Incumbents Running," September 5, 2013
  10. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Des Moines forum addresses schools' class size," September 4, 2013
  11. Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "School board candidates call for more counselors," August 28, 2013
  12. Des Moines Register, "10 vie for seats on Des Moines school board," August 2, 2013
  13. United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Iowa," accessed July 29, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 United States Census Bureau, "Polk County Quick Facts," accessed July 29, 2013
  15. Iowa Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Totals by County,” accessed July 29, 2013
  16. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  17. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.