Davenport Community School District elections (2013)

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2013 Davenport Community School District Elections

General Election date:
September 10, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Davenport Community School District
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Three seats on the Davenport School Board were up for election on September 10, 2013. Each seat on the Davenport School Board is at-large with voters throughout the city selecting from a common pool of candidates.[1] Board members will deal with dwindling enrollment figures and academic performance struggles.

About the district

See also: Davenport Community School District, Iowa
Davenport is located in Scott County, Iowa
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County and rests along the banks of the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. The city's population is 99,685 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Davenport outperformed the rest of Iowa in terms of higher education achievement though lagged behind on median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 25.9% of Davenport residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.9% rate for the entire state. Davenport had a median income of $42,983 in 2010 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The poverty rate for Davenport was 17.6% in 2010 compared to an 11.9% rate for the rest of the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Davenport (%) Iowa (%)
White 80.7 91.3
Black or African American 10.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander - 0.1
Two or More Races 3.9 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 56.1 42.4
2008 56.6 42.1
2004 50.9 48.3
2000 50.0 47.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Davenport School Board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. Each member is elected at-large and represents the entirety of the district. There was no primary election for the school board election and the general election took place on September 10, 2013. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and four seats are up for election in September 8, 2015.

Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on July 8, 2013. The filing deadline for the 2013 general election was August 1, 2013 and candidates had until August 6, 2013 to officially withdraw from the ballot. Each candidate had to file nomination petitions with at least 50 valid signatures to the board secretary.[6][7]




  • Richard Clewell
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Iowa State University
    • Retired Department of Defense Official
  • Elaine Kresse
    • Graduate, Marycrest College and University of Iowa
    • Retired teacher
  • Jamie Snyder
    • Graduate, Western Illinois University
    • Sales manager

Election results

Davenport Community School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Clewell Incumbent 21.7% 1,274
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJamie Snyder 20.3% 1,190
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Dickmann 19.6% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Patt Zamora Incumbent 18.9% 1,109
     Nonpartisan Elaine Kresse 18.2% 1,070
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.3% 77
Total Votes 5,867
Source: Scott County, Iowa, "Election Summary Report," September 13, 2013


The Davenport Education Association endorsed Richard Clewell, Maria Dickmann and Jamie Snyder and the Quad-City Federation of Labor endorsed Dickmann, Elaine Kresse and Patt Zamora.[8][9]

Campaign finance

A total of $5,777.07 in contributions was reported by candidates in this election. Richard Clewell and Patt Zamora did not file campaign disclosure reports with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.[10]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Maria Dickmann $2,930.00 $1,410.41 $1,519.59
Elaine Kresse $1,943.05 $523.92 $1,419.13
Jamie Snyder $904.02 $0 $904.02


Davenport Community School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sherwood 24.7% 1,484
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Krumwiede Incumbent 22.8% 1,371
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Johanson Incumbent 18.7% 1,125
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNikki J. DeFauw Incumbent 18.4% 1,104
     Nonpartisan Tyla Cole 15.5% 930
Total Votes 6,014
Source: Scott County Auditor, "Election Summary Report," September 15, 2011

What was at stake?

Three seats on the board were up for election on September 10, 2013 with incumbents Richard Clewell and Patt Zamora seeking re-election. The board contended with declining enrollment figures across the district as well as poor academic performance according to state and federal assessment programs. Davenport Community School District has experienced a 5.2% decline in enrollment between 2008 and 2012.[11] The district was identified as a District in Need of Assistance and 20 schools qualified as Schools in Need of Assistance according to the 2012 State Report Card.[12]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Davenport Community School District election in 2013:[6]

Deadline Event
July 8, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
August 1, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
August 6, 2013 Last day to withdraw from ballot
September 10, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

Residents in the Davenport Community School District voted on Proposition D, a referendum to define district control over funds accrued from an existing portion of the state sales tax.[13] Municipal elections for the city's mayoral and council races were held on November 5, 2013.[14]

See also

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