Paul Speidel

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Paul Speidel
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Board member, Sioux City Community School District
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Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 10, 2013
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Paul Speidel is an at-large member of the Sioux City Community school board in Iowa. He won election to the board on September 10, 2013.


Speidel is a life-long resident of Sioux City. He is currently a pastor at Westlawn Presbyterian Church. He is married and has two children. Speidel has regularly worked with the district's Anti-Bullying Coalition.[1]



See also: Sioux City Community School District elections (2013)


Speidel sought election for a seat on the Sioux City Community school board. He placed ahead of Audie Baughman, Jaqueline Ritter, and Perla Alarcon- Flory and won a seat on September 10, 2013.[2]


Sioux City Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Gorski 20% 1,721
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Speidel 19.4% 1,670
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShaun Broyhill 19.1% 1,645
     Nonpartisan Perla Alarcon-Flory 16.2% 1,400
     Nonpartisan Jacqueline Ritter 13.3% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Audie Baughman 12.1% 1,040
Total Votes 8,623
Source: Woodbury County Auditor, "2013 School Election," September 12, 2013

2013 special election

Sioux City Community School District, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Meyers 82% 1,281
     Nonpartisan Jaqueline Ritter 18% 282
     Nonpartisan Paul Gorski 0% 0
     Nonpartisan Paul Speidel 0% 0
Total Votes 1,563
Source: Sioux City Journal, "John Meyers retains Sioux City school board seat in special election" accessed August 5, 2013

Campaign themes

Speidel focused his campaign on funding anti-bullying programs in schools. Speidel said, ""I have a child with special needs and it is my fear that she will be picked on. We hear students all the time on the [Bully Prevention Community] Coalition of students that miss school, they don't' want to go to school. They feel alienated or picked on and that's not going to help them achieve all that they can achieve." Speidel also says he wants to partner with the City Council to work on the future of one of the schools in the district, Bryant Elementary.[1]

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013. The board will continue to pursue its legislative action priority, which includes support of state funding of school board activities through property tax equities, equal standards between charter schools and other schools in the district, and reaffirming local control of the school board.[3]

About the district

Sioux City Community Schools is located in Woodbury County, Iowa
Sioux City is the county seat of Woodbury County, which is located in western Iowa. Woodbury is one of five counties in the Sioux City metropolitan area. The population is 102,172 according to the 2010 Census[4]


Sioux City underperforms in educational achievement compared to the rest of the state and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (83.4%) is lower than the number for Iowa (90.3%). The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is also lower in Sioux City (19.8%) compared to the state overall (24.9%). The median household income in Sioux City is $43,158 compared to Iowa's median of $50,451.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Sioux City (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.6 91.3
Black or African American 2.9 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.7 0.4
Asian 2.7 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.7 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 16.4 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 49.5
2008 49.0 50.0
2004 48.5 50.5
2000 46.7 49.8

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