Teree Caldwell-Johnson

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Teree Caldwell-Johnson
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Board Member, Des Moines School Board, District 4
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
First electedSeptember 12, 2006
Next generalSeptember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Polk County Manager
1996-2003
Education
High schoolSalina High Central
Bachelor'sSpelman College
Master'sUniversity of Kansas
Personal
ProfessionPublic servant
Websites
Office website
Teree Caldwell-Johnson is the District 4 member of the Des Moines Board of Directors. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006 as an at-large member and won re-election to the District 4 seat on September 10, 2013.

Biography

Teree Caldwell-Johnson resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband.[1] Caldwell-Johnson attended both Salina High Central and Central High School, neither of which are a part of Des Moines Public Schools.[2] She earned a B.A. in English from Spelman College along with an MPA from the University of Kansas, and she has also completed post-graduate studies at Bucknell University.[1] Caldwell-Johnson is the CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, which is a non-profit dedicated to housing and human services.[1] Before joining Oakridge, she acted as Polk County Manager from 1996 to 2003.[3] She currently serves on several non-profit boards, including the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences board, the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation board and the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation board.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Des Moines Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Teree Caldwell-Johnson defeated Darlene Blake and Joel Doyle for the new District 4 seat in the general election on September 10, 2013.[4]

Results

Des Moines Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeree Caldwell-Johnson Incumbent 41.7% 522
     Nonpartisan Joel Doyle 31.4% 393
     Nonpartisan Darlene Blake 26.1% 327
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 9
Total Votes 1,251
Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013

Funding

During her campaign, no campaign donations or expenditures for Teree Caldwell-Johnson were reported to the Iowa Secretary of State.[5]

Endorsements

Teree Caldwell-Johnson received endorsements for her campaign from the Des Moines Education Association and the local chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.[6][7]

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

Campaign themes

When asked about her legislative priorities, Caldwell-Johnson answered, "I think the whole notion around student achievement and the minority achievement gap is something that is critically important to me. I also think the whole notion around how we better adapt our systems to meet the growing needs of students in poverty and also our large ELL population."[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, 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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