Lawrence Wenclawski

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Lawrence Wenclawski
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Candidate for
Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next generalSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois-Chicago
ProfessionSoftware developer
Campaign website
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Lawrence Wenclawski was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Cedar Rapids Board of Education. He failed to win election to the board against incumbent Keith Westercamp in the September 10, 2013 general election.


Wenclawski earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has worked as a software developer since 1990. Wenclawski and his wife have two children who have attended district schools. He previously served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for La Grange Park, Illinois.[1]



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


Wenclawski challenged incumbent Keith Westercamp for the District 3 seat on the Cedar Rapids Board of Education. He lost in the general election on September 10, 2013.


Cedar Rapids Community School District, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Westercamp Incumbent 64.7% 2,178
     Nonpartisan Lawrence Wenclawski 33.9% 1,142
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 44
Total Votes 3,364
Source: Linn County Election Services, "Official Summary Report," September 13, 2013

Campaign finance

Wenclawski pledged on his campaign website not to exceed $500 in campaign spending for the 2013 election cycle. He also noted that he would not accept donations from city officials, school board members and businesses that conducts a "significant amount of work" with the district.[2]

Campaign themes


Wenclawski's campaign website detailed the following goals if he is elected to the board:[3]

  • Work to improve communications and trust between all stake holders by making the actions of the Administration and the School Board more transparent.
  • Work at educating the community at to what the responsibilities of the school board are and who is responsible to items that are not their responsibility.
  • Make sure the PPEL tax and other taxes are spent and invested wisely within the district.
  • Work to ensure all policies are fair and equitable to all. A good test to insure fair and equitable policies is “a policy is fair and equitable if it is implemented the same no matter who is implementing the policy or what building the policy is implemented in.
  • Make votes based on the data and the facts. My votes will be independent of how other board members vote, however, I will need to support the outcome of the vote.
  • Be honest and respectful of individuals view points and feelings.
  • Work with the other board members to continuously improve the Cedar Rapids Community School District.

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

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.[4] 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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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

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