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Patt Zamora

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Patt Zamora
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Davenport Community School District, At-large
Former member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 2000
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Patt Zamora was an at-large member on the Davenport Community School District School Board. She campaigned to increase the academic rigor in district schools prior to her defeat in the September 10, 2013 general election.


Zamora is an attorney and former teacher. Zamora is the mother of five children, has twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, most of whom are educated in the Davenport Community School District.[1]



See also: Davenport Community School District elections (2013)


Zamora placed fourth out of five candidates and failed to win re-election to the board on September 10, 2013.


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


As of September 10, 2013, Zamora has not disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[2]


Zamora received the endorsement of the Quad-City Federation of Labor ahead of the September 10, 2013 general election.[3]


On September 8, 2009, Zamora defeated three challengers for a seat on the Davenport Community School District School Board.

Davenport Community School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Clewell 18.6% 885
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatt Zamora 18.5% 883
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLarry L. Roberson 18.5% 882
     Nonpartisan Karen Boyd 18.4% 877
     Nonpartisan Jon Rasler 15.5% 740
     Nonpartisan Deborah Whan Dierkes 10.4% 494
Total Votes 4,761
Source: Scott County

Campaign themes

Achievement gap

“Providing a rigorous curriculum in order to insure all children reach their highest level of achievement. We must put equal efforts into erasing the achievement gap.”[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[8]
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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