Maria Dickmann

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Maria Dickmann
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Board member, Davenport Community School District, At-large
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Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
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Master'sIllinois State University
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Maria Dickmann is an at-large member of the Davenport Community School District School Board. She campaigned to increase resources necessary to close the achievement gap ahead of the September 10, 2013 general election.


Dickmann is a recent graduate from Illinois State University. She and her husband, Kai Dickmann, are expecting their first child in January 2014.[1]



See also: Davenport Community School District elections (2013)


Dickmann placed third out of five candidates and won a seat on the board in the September 10, 2013 general election.


Davenport Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Clewell Incumbent 21.7% 1,274
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Snyder 20.3% 1,190
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Dickmann 19.6% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Patt Zamora Incumbent 18.9% 1,109
     Nonpartisan Elaine Kresse 18.2% 1,070
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 77
Total Votes 5,867
Source: Scott County, Iowa, "Election Summary Report," September 13, 2013


Dickmann received $2,930 in campaign contributions with a total of $1,519.59 remaining on hand as of September 5, 2013.[2]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Maria Dickmann $2,930.00 $1,410.41 $1,519.59
Elaine Kresse $1,943.05 $523.92 $1,419.13
Jamie Snyder $904.02 $0 $904.02


Dickmann received endorsements from the Davenport Education Association and Quad-City Federation of Labor ahead of the September 10, 2013 election.[3][4]

Campaign themes

Budget cuts, achievement gap

“The school district is obviously facing tough choices on budget issues but there are also issues such as the achievement gap, the truancy and dropout rate, and the perception of the quality of some of the schools. I would like to see the board reaching out to the support staff and teachers for ideas on how to save money and raise revenue through grants and fundraisers. The achievement gap, truancy, and the dropout rate are some things that I hope to address by giving teachers more freedom and support to reach students that are struggling to learn in their current setting. I feel that if students are engaged and feel like they are benefitting from their educational experience that they will try harder and be more likely to stay in school.”[5]

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

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were up for election on September 10, 2013. The board continues to deal with declining enrollment figures across the district as well as poor performances according to state and federal assessment programs. Davenport Community School District has experienced a 5.2% decline in enrollment between 2008 and 2012.[6] The district was identified as a District in Need of Assistance and 20 schools qualified as Schools in Need of Assistance according to the 2012 State Report Card.[7]

About the district

See also: Davenport Community School District, Iowa
Davenport is located in Scott County, Iowa
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County and rests along the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. The city's population is 99,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Davenport outperforms the rest of Iowa in terms of higher education achievement though lags behind on median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 25.9% of Davenport residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.9% rate for the entire state. Davenport had a median income of $42,983 in 2010 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The poverty rate for Davenport was 17.6% in 2010 compared to an 11.9% rate for the rest of the state.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Davenport (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.7 91.3
Black or African American 10.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - 0.1
Two or More Races 3.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[9]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.1 42.4
2008 56.6 42.1
2004 50.9 48.3
2000 50.0 47.2

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