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Sioux City Community School District elections (2013)

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2013 Sioux City Community School District Elections

General Election date:
September 10, 2103
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Woodbury County, Iowa ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Iowa
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Three seats on the Board of Education for the Sioux City Community School District were up for election on September 10, 2013.

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[1]


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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
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[2]
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

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.[3] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Sioux City Community Board of Education consists of seven members elected to four-year terms. All members are elected at-large. There is no primary election for the school board election and the general election was held on September 10, 2013. Three member seats were up for election in 2013 and four member seats are on the ballot on September 8, 2015.




  • Shaun Broyhill
    • Graduate, Briar Cliff University
    • Project Programmer/Analyst IV, Great West Casualty Company
  • Perla Alarcon-Flory
    • Graduate, Universidad Hispano Mexicana
    • Income maintenance, Iowa Department of Human Services
    • Owner, Alarcon-Flory Translations

Election results

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

Campaign finance

No candidates disclosed any campaign finance expenditures or contributions.[4]

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.[5]

Key deadlines

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

Deadline Event
July 8, 2013 First day for candidates to file with school board secretary.
August 1, 2013 Last day for candidates to file with school board secretary.
September 6, 2013 Last day to request absentee ballot by mail.
September 10, 2013 Election Day

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