Shane Schulte

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Shane Schulte
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Des Moines School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDowling High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
Master'sDrake University
ProfessionProject manager
Campaign website
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Shane Schulte unsuccessfully ran for one of two at-large seats on the Des Moines Board of Directors that was up for election on September 10, 2013.


Shane Schulte resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and daughter.[1] Schulte attended Dowling High School, which is not part of Des Moines Public Schools, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Business Administration and Drake University with an M.B.A.[1] He works as a senior project manager with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, with a focus on investor operations, performance, and analytics.[2] Schulte has served as President of the Des Moines City Wide PTA and currently serves as a member of the DMPS Citizens' Budget Advisory Committee.[1]



See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)


Connie Boesen and Rob X. Barron 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]


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


As of September 9, 2013, Shane Schulte reported $2,166.00 in donations and $4,321.09 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left him $2,155.09 in debt.[5]


Shane Schulte received an endorsement for his campaign from the Des Moines Education Association.[6]

Campaign themes

Schulte supported Superintendent Ahart and believed, "...there’s a lack of trust in our school board."[7] Schulte's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[8]

  • Open and Transparent Government
  • Allocate Resources Wisely
  • Engage the Community to Find Solutions
  • Let Teachers Teach
  • Keep Tax Dollars in the Local Economy

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 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.[9]

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.[10]


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.[11]

Racial Demographics, 2012[11]
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[12]
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.[13]

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