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|Board Member, Des Moines School Board, District 2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|First elected||September 10, 2013|
|Next general||September, 2017|
|High school||North High School|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1986-1990|
Toussaint Cheatom resides in Des Moines, Iowa with his wife and children. Cheatom attended North High School, which is a part of Des Moines Public Schools. He served for four years in the United States Marine Corps before being convicted of robbery in 1990. After completing his sentence in 1994, Cheatom attended Wilberforce University in Ohio but left to serve as the pastor for St. James AME Church before receiving his degree. He is currently studying for a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
|Des Moines Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Ed Linebach, III||46.5%||534|
|Source: Polk County Auditor, "School Board Election," accessed September 14, 2013|
As of September 9, 2013, Toussaint Cheatom reported $1,697.00 in donations and $1,344.38 in expenditures to the Iowa Secretary of State, which left him with $352.62 on-hand.
Cheatom believed that, "The greatest concern is the under achievement of students and the over representation of minorities being sent for disciplinary actions." He argued in favor of maintaining smaller class sizes, stating, "Smaller class sizes, especially for minorities, are important. ...If you cannot read by the fourth grade, it’s a proven fact that they build a jail cell for you." Cheatom's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
My reason for seeking a seat in this election is TLC-- For us, Teaching, Learning & Change are the key elements in this race
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.
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 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Facebook, "Cheatomforchange," accessed August 5, 2013
- North High School Wall of Honor, "Peacetime 1976-2000," accessed August 5, 2013
- Des Moines Register, "Local pastor running for DMPS school board," accessed August 5, 2013
- Spectrum Resources, "Our Staff," accessed August 5, 2013
- IECDB Web Reporting System, "DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page," accessed September 9, 2013 (dead link)
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Teachers union endorses candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 8, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "AFSCME endorses four candidates in Des Moines school board race," August 20, 2013
- Stephanie Moore, WHOtv.com 13, "SCHOOL BOARD: New Candidates Ready To Run," September 4, 2013
- Mary Stegmeir, Des Moines Register, "Des Moines forum addresses schools' class size," September 4, 2013
- Facebook, "About Cheatomforchange," accessed August 5, 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