Joel Doyle

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Joel Doyle
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Des Moines School Board, District 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Joel Doyle unsuccessfully ran for the District 4 seat on the Des Moines Board of Directors that was up for election on September 10, 2013.



See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)


Teree Caldwell-Johnson defeated Darlene Blake and Joel Doyle for the new District 4 seat in the general election on September 10, 2013.[1]


Des Moines Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeree Caldwell-Johnson Incumbent 41.7% 522
     Nonpartisan Joel Doyle 31.4% 393
     Nonpartisan Darlene Blake 26.1% 327
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 9
Total Votes 1,251
Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013


During his campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Joel Doyle were reported to the Iowa Secretary of State.[2]


Joel Doyle did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Doyle believed that board members "need to be more cohesive, and less in the lime light."[3] To respond to growing mental health issues among the student body in Des Moines Public Schools, Doyle suggested, "We really have to reach out to the community and take advantage of what the community offers and have more community partnerships."[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[8]
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.[9]

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