Rob X. Barron

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Rob X. Barron
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Board Member, Des Moines School Board, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 10, 2013
Next generalSeptember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolRoosevelt High School, Central Academy and Lincoln High School
Bachelor'sGrinnell College
Personal
ProfessionPolitical operative
Websites
Campaign website
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Rob X. Barron is an at-large member of the Des Moines Board of Directors. He won his election to the board on September 10, 2013.

Biography

Rob Barron resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and their son.[1] Barron attended Roosevelt High School, Central Academy and Lincoln High School, all of which are part of Des Moines Public Schools.[1] He graduated from Grinnell College in 2002 with a B.S. in Political Science.[1] Following his graduation, Barron served as a staff assistant, senior legislative correspondent, and then legislative assistant for US Senator Tom Harkin in Washington, DC.[2] In 2009, he was promoted to state staff director and moved back to Iowa with his family.[1] Barron is a Sergeant at Arms for the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 307 and volunteers with the Everybody Wins reading program at Monroe Elementary School, which is a part of Des Moines Public Schools.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Rob X. Barron and Connie Boesen defeated incumbent Joe Jongewaard and challengers Heather Ryan and Shane Schulte for two at-large seats in the general election on September 10, 2013.[3][4]

Results

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

Funding

As of September 9, 2013, Rob Barron reported $8,570.27 in donations and $5,445.72 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left him with $3,124.55 on-hand.[5]

Endorsements

Rob Barron received the following endorsements:[6]

  • Margaret Borgen, former DMPS Board Member
  • Graham Gillette, former DMPS Board Member
  • Patty Link, former DMPS Board Member
  • Marti Anderson, State Representative
  • Wayne Ford, former State Representative and Urban Dreams founder
  • Michael Kiernan, former City Councilman
  • Laborer's Local 353
  • Laborer's Local 177
  • Plumber's Local 33
  • AFSCME Iowa Council 61

Campaign themes

In a news release declaring his candidacy, Barron stated that he hoped "to be a dedicated advocate for what I believe makes for strong schools: richer, more diverse education opportunities; safe and welcoming classrooms; superb teachers who are valued by their district; and a challenging, relevant, and student-centered curriculum. I am running for school board not with just an eye towards the next four years, but with my sights set on the next 20 years."[3] Barron's campaign website also listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[7]

My top priority will be rebuilding the relationship between the board and the community. In addition to the time spent in meetings as a board member, I will set a goal for myself to visit each building in the district in my first term and to work a day with staff in a variety of positions in my first year on the board.

For a district this large, our four-year graduation rate is respectable and I am glad it is on the rise. We should look at the overall rate as a platform to keep raising the rates and work towards zeroing out the disparities in graduation rate and academic achievement between different groups of students. It is a long-range goal not likely to be met in a single term, but it is an aspirational goal we should all embrace.

I have spoken throughout the campaign about finding ways to continue to offer more diverse educational opportunities across this school district. If elected, I will engage the community and DMPS staff and leaders to determine the best, most innovative ways to grow our district. We should all be proud of a district that boasts International Baccalaureate programming, a publicly-funded Montessori school, and Central Academy among others, but that is just the beginning. In the coming years, we cannot stop with the existing offerings, we must look to bring successful programs to more neighborhood schools as well as bringing in new, innovative and cost-effective programs.

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


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 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.[8]

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.[9]

Demographics

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.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
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[11]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[12]

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