|Board Member, Des Moines School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|First elected||September 9, 2003|
|Next general||September, 2017|
|High school||East High School|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Connie Boesen resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two daughters and four stepchildren. Boesen graduated from East High School, which is part of Des Moines Public Schools. She attended both Des Moines Area Community College and Grand View College. Boesen spent more than 33 years employed as a buyer for Younkers, beginning in 1969 and leaving the position in 2003. She started her own concessions business, Applishus, in 1988 and continues to serve as the company's president. Boesen has served as president of the Council of Des Moines PTAs and the East High School PTA and treasurer of the Schools First Local Option Sales Tax campaign. She was voted a United Way Champion of Education and is currently a member of the United Way Board of Directors and the Early Childhood Iowa Board of Directors.
|Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Connie Boesen Incumbent||24.4%||2,838|
|Nonpartisan||Rob X. Barron||23.2%||2,699|
|Nonpartisan||Joe Jongewaard Incumbent||22.9%||2,671|
|Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013|
As of September 9, 2013, Connie Boesen reported $5,445.00 in donations and $3,709.16 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left her with $1,735.84 on-hand.
Connie Boesen did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Connie Boesen Incumbent||19.1%||5,627|
|Nonpartisan||Patty J. Link||18.5%||5,449|
|Nonpartisan||Teree Caldwell-Johnson Incumbent||16.2%||4,767|
|Nonpartisan||Margaret M. Buckton||15.4%||4,526|
|Nonpartisan||Zachary Lee Toillion||5.4%||1,596|
|Nonpartisan||Thalia D. Sutton||4%||1,189|
|Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election, Tuesday, September 8, 2009"|
|Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2003|
|Nonpartisan||Marc Ward Incumbent||28.1%||5,365|
Boesen's re-election announcement highlighted her efforts to increase preschool funding and to improve communication between the school district and state legislators regarding education policy and funding. She also expressed approval for rising academic performance and graduation rates in the school district, stating, "There are a lot of great things going on in the district; we see all academic indicators going up, we have the achievement gap narrowing, and graduation rates are going up, and [we're] in the best financial condition we’ve been.” Boesen has called for additional counselors in schools and believes that the district must work to maintain small class sizes, arguing, "Class size definitely impacts (student learning), especially pre-K up through third grade. ...I think it’s critical that we keep those class sizes down and work at whatever we can do to promote that.”
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.
About the district
- See also: Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa
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.
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.
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- Des Moines Public Schools, "Connie Boesen," accessed July 31, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Connie Boesen," accessed July 31, 2013
- Jens Manuel Krogstad, Des Moines Register, "Boesen to seek re-election," July 18, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Mix of incumbents, challengers to join Des Moines school board," September 10, 2013
- IECDB Web Reporting System, "DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page," accessed September 9, 2013
- Stephanie Moore, WHOtv.com 13, "SCHOOL BOARD: Three Incumbents Running," September 5, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Des Moines forum addresses schools' class size," September 4, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "School board candidates call for more counselors," August 28, 2013
- Des Moines Register, "10 vie for seats on Des Moines school board," August 2, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Iowa," accessed July 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Polk County Quick Facts," accessed July 29, 2013
- Iowa Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Totals by County,” accessed July 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014