Connie Boesen

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Connie Boesen
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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 9, 2003
Next generalSeptember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolEast High School
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Connie Boesen is an at-large member of the Des Moines Board of Directors. She was first elected to the chamber in 2003 and won re-election on September 10, 2013.

Biography

Connie Boesen resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two daughters and four stepchildren.[1] Boesen graduated from East High School, which is part of Des Moines Public Schools.[1] She attended both Des Moines Area Community College and Grand View College.[1] Boesen spent more than 33 years employed as a buyer for Younkers, beginning in 1969 and leaving the position in 2003.[2] She started her own concessions business, Applishus, in 1988 and continues to serve as the company's president.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2]

Elections

2013

See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

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]

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, 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.[5]

Endorsements

Connie Boesen did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

2009

Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Boesen Incumbent 19.1% 5,627
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatty J. Link 18.5% 5,449
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeree Caldwell-Johnson Incumbent 16.2% 4,767
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret M. Buckton 15.4% 4,526
     Nonpartisan Felipe Gallardo 9.2% 2,722
     Nonpartisan Veola Perry 6.8% 2,018
     Nonpartisan Zachary Lee Toillion 5.4% 1,596
     Nonpartisan Timothy Halsted 4.9% 1,431
     Nonpartisan Thalia D. Sutton 4% 1,189
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 149
Total Votes 29,474
Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election, Tuesday, September 8, 2009"

2006

Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Boesen Incumbent 37.8% 4,835
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeree Caldwell-Johnson 33.6% 4,292
     Nonpartisan Flossie Dusek 27.6% 3,527
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 131
Total Votes 12,785

2003

Des Moines Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2003
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Boesen 39.7% 7,578
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAko Abdul-Samad 32.2% 6,160
     Nonpartisan Marc Ward Incumbent 28.1% 5,365
Total Votes 19,103

Campaign themes

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.[3] 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.”[6] 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.”[7][8]

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]

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.[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.[13]

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