Chris Liebig won’t be doing his usual one-stop shopping school board election post at A Blog About School this year, so I’m stepping in and putting one together here.
I will be using this post as a collection point for information about the 2015 ICCSD school board election scheduled for September 8th. I will continue to add information here as it becomes available. If you see that I have missed something, as surely I will, please suggest additional links in the comments, by e-mail, or by Twitter.
It’s the Thursday before election day, so just for fun, here are a few posts from this blog written during the run up to the 2013 school elections.
- The Elusive Clear Majority (9/7/2013)
- Who Works For Whom? (9/6/2013)
- A Few Discouraging Words (9/5/2013)
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office has posted a guide to election returns. Follow @jcauditor on Twitter for updates throughout election day. Turnout by precinct will be posted here and updated several times throughout election day. Results will be posted here starting after polls close at 8 pm on election day, as returns are become available (refresh the page periodically to follow as results are added).
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office is also live-blogging election day here.
- 9 am voter turnout down approximately 200 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [0.92% of registered voters have voted this morning.]
- 11 am voter turnout down approximately 350 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [1.88% of registered voters have voted this morning.]
- 3 pm voter turnout down approximately 500 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [4.14% of registered voters have voted so far today.]
- 6 pm voter turnout down approximately 600 from ICCSD 2013 school board election. [7.23% of registered voters have voted so far today and turnout has now surpassed the 5.96% voter turnout at the ICCSD 2011 school board election.]
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: New school board members are DeLoach, Hemingway, Yates, Roetlin, and Liebig. 10.5% of registered voters turned out to cast votes in this election, falling short of the 11.86% turnout at the 2013 school board election, for the second highest turnout ever. Winning candidates for four-year terms needed at least 3063 votes, the two-year seat was won with 2669 votes.
The votes have been canvassed and the results are now official, with DeLoach’s record setting vote total now standing at 4316.
Eight candidates are competing for four open four-year seats; no incumbents are running for re-election. In a separate race, three candidates are competing for one two-year seat, which became vacant upon Tuyet Baruah’s submission of her resignation last week.
The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 28th at 5 pm. Voters will need to use the election day registration procedure to register to vote after this deadline.
Your school polling place is likely to be different than your regular polling place. Find your school polling place here. Please note that a few ICCSD school precincts have new locations for 2015. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, September 8th.
Early voting begins Thursday, August 13th
will commence as soon as ballots can be prepared after August 4th (deadline for candidates to withdraw). Mailed absentee ballots can be requested at any time from now until Friday, September 4th at 5 pm. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Saturday, September 5th (remember that Monday, September 7th is Labor Day), but can be returned in person to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office until polls close on election day, Tuesday, September 8th, at 8 pm. Once early voting begins, you can also vote early in person, on weekdays between 7:45 am and 5:30 pm, at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, 913 South Dubuque Street, Iowa City. Due to Labor Day, the last day to vote in person at the Auditor’s Office will be Friday, September 4th.
The Johnson County Auditor’s Office will have a satellite site for school election voting at UIHC, Fountain Lobby, on Thursday, September 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Save Hoover question and candidate responses here, here and here or all three compiled into a single post here
- North Corridor Parents candidate interviews here, Tom Yates (inadvertently omitted) here
- Iowa City Education Association questionnaire and candidate responses here
- Coalition for Racial Justice questionnaire and candidate responses here
- Field to Family, Backyard Abundance, and Ecopolis questionnaire and candidate responses here
DEBATES AND CANDIDATE FORUMS
- Hani Elkadi, producer and host of Education Exchange, will be interviewing candidates Wednesday, August 19th at PATV studios. Live streaming will be available at the PATV website or the Board of Education 2015 Candidates Facebook page. The taped programs will air at various times on Education Channel 21 and PATV Channel 18 and be posted on YouTube and the PATV website.
- 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm with panelists Todd Fanning, Jason Lewis, Brian Richman, Lori Roetlin, and Brianna Wills
- 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm with panelists LaTasha DeLoach, Shawn Eyestone, Phil Hemingway, Lucas Van Orden, and Tom Yates
- 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm with panelists Chris Liebig, Paul Roesler, and Megan Schwalm
- DPO sponsored Candidate Meet and Greet; Saturday, August 22nd, 10:00 am to noon at the ESC, 1725 N. Dodge Street
- North Liberty Building Community Group sponsored Candidate Meet and Greet; Saturday, August 29th, 10:00 am to noon at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry Street, Gerdin Conference Center Room 2 (lower level)
- Iowa City Education Association/Press-Citizen ICCSD Board Candidate Forum; Monday, August 31st, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium
- ICCSD Board Candidate Forum: Beyond iPads and IPM: Sustainability and STEM in our schools; Tuesday, September 1st, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Coralville Public Library, Schwab Auditorium [Added: This is a discussion forum hosted by Ecopolis, Backyard Abundance, and Field to Family. School board candidates will be asked to comment on information shared.] Find a recording of the forum here or watch below:
- Special Education Forum; Thursday, September 3rd, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Iowa City Public Library, Meeting Room A. Find a recording of the forum here.
- KXIC School Board Candidate Interviews: scheduled for different dates and times between Tuesday, August 18th and Thursday, September 3rd. Find podcasts of the interviews here.
[Note: Edited 8/26 to move candidate guest opinions and profiles to Candidate Statements and Profiles section below.]
- Press-Citizen’s Letters to the Editor page (letters in support of candidates will appear here)
- The Gazette’s Letters to the Editor page (letters in support of candidates will appear here)
- Press-Citizen: Our View: Candidates needed for school board (7/24)
- Maria Houser Conzemius: Hemingway, Yates for School Board’s 4-Yr. Terms; Liebig for 2-Yr Term (7/31)
- Federation of Labor endorses School Board candidate (7/31)
- Michael Tilley: A Primer on the Arguments For and Against Closing Hoover (8/3)
- Jeff McGinness: Much at stake in upcoming school election (8/7)
- Labor group endorses 3 for school board (8/12)
- Mary Murphy: Show Me the Donors School Board Candidates (and how much they donated) (8/13)
- School board has not demonstrated need to close Hoover (8/14)
- Chris Lynch: Vote for our students on Sept. 8 (8/20)
- New School Board should revisit Hoover decision (8/20)
- The Gazette: Our endorsements for Iowa City school board (8/23) [Spoiler: The Gazette endorsed DeLoach, Eyestone, Hemingway, Lewis, and Schwalm]
- Scott Koepke: Back to school with the “5 P’s” (8/24)
- Beware of one-issue School Board candidates (8/25)
- Save Hoover Elementary: Vote September 8 (8/26)
- Mary Murphy: 2015 ICCSD Candidate Positions on Comment by Public at Board Meeting at Time of Specific Agenda Items (8/24)
- School Board must provide critical oversight of ICCSD (8/26)
- Maria Houser Conzemius: Election Sept 8: Vote for Hemingway, Yates, Liebig (8/27)
- Hani Elkadi: School Board candidates share favorites (8/28)
- Mary Murphy: ICCSD’s Problematic Facilities Master Plan (FMP) (8/31)
- Press-Citizen: Our View: DeLoach, Hemingway, Lewis, Roetlin and Roesler for School Board (9/1)
- Michael Tilley on criteria for choosing among the candidates (9/2)
- Chris Lynch: Critical time for school board (9/2)
- Iowa City Education Association: ICCSD Teachers Make Endorsements for School Board (9/2) [Spoiler: ICEA endorsed De Loach, Lewis, Roetlin, Yates, Roesler, and Schwalm] News coverage of these endorsments here.
- North Corridor Parents candidate recommendations (9/2) [Spoiler: NCP recommends Eyestone, Fanning, Hemingway, Richman, Roetlin, Yates, and Liebig]
- Gregory Howes: Just Why Does Hoover Elementary Need To Be Torn Down For City High? (9/1)
- Gregory Howes: Hoover Must Close Because There Are Too Many Schools in Iowa City? (9/2)
- Gregory Howes: Why Should North Corridor Parents Care About the Hoover Closure? (9/3)
- Onward FMP (8/11)
- Maria Houser Conzemius: Note Which Candidates Would Revisit Community Comment Policy (9/3)
- Michael Tilley: New District “City High Preview” Displays How Efficient Hoover Is! (9/3) [Note: the City High Preview is linked at the bottom of this page under Related Links]
- Save Hoover: Is That All There Is???? (9/4)
- Paul Pate: Make an impact in your community, vote this Tuesday (9/5)
- Let’s build a school board, not a reality show (9/5)
- The Gazette: Vote Today: Show you care about schools (9/8)
- John Deeth: Election Day (9/8)
- John Deeth: Split Decision in Iowa City (9/8)
Articles and posts substantively discussing the school board elections. See Candidate Statements and Profiles for articles about individual candidates announcing campaigns, candidate profiles, and candidate statements.
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa City school board races take shape (7/28)
- Fresh faces on the school board (8/5)
- Candidates talk facilities, finance at North Liberty forum (8/29)
- School board candidates greet crowd (8/31)
- Little Village: Wide-open Race for ICCSD Board (9/2) [starts on page 6] or here
- Candidates go to class at City High (9/3)
- School board candidates gather tonight at the ICPL for forum on special education (9/3)
- School election candidates reveal spending (9/4)
- Leaders prepare for ‘youngest’ school board (9/4)
- Gazette analysis: Many school employees didn’t vote in last school board election (9/6)
- Iowa City school board election could reshape future of Hoover Elementary (9/6)
- Four elected to I.C. School Board (9/8)
- Chris Liebig elected to fill vacant I.C. seat (9/8)
- Critics of Iowa City school district prominent among school board winners (9/8)
- Corridor school board elections disrupt status quo (9/9)
- Record set in vote with high east-side turnout (9/9)
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS AND PROFILES
Candidates for the four-year seats
- LaTasha DeLoach: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Shawn Eyestone: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Todd Fanning: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Phil Hemingway: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Jason T. Lewis: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Brian Richman: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Lori Roetlin: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Lucas Van Orden IV: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Brianna Wills: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Tom Yates: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
Candidates for the two-year seat
- Chris Liebig: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Paul Roesler: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
- Megan Schwalm: News coverage here and here; Gazette profile; P-C profile
CANDIDATE CONTACT INFORMATION
Contact information for all thirteen candidates is now available at the JC Auditor’s website here.
[Note: Edited 9/3 to add links to campaign reports filed with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board as it takes some navigating to locate the school board reports on the website (DR-1 Statement of Organization (candidate’s committee) and DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page (donors and expenditures–must be filed if exceed $1,000)). School board reports are due by 4:30 pm today. Due to interest in PACs, I’ve added the Save Hoover Committee in this section under “other PACs”.]
Candidates for the four-year seats
- LaTasha DeLoach: Facebook page, website, Twitter ,DR-1, DR-2
- Shawn Eyestone: Facebook page, Twitter, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
- Todd Fanning: Facebook page, website, Twitter ,DR-1, DR-2
- Phil Hemingway: Twitter, website ,DR-1, DR-2
- Jason T. Lewis: Facebook page, website, Twitter ,DR-1, DR-2
- Brian Richman: Facebook page, website, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
- Lori Roetlin: Facebook page, website, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
- Lucas Van Orden IV: Facebook page, website, Twitter ,DR-1, DR-2
- Brianna Wills: Facebook page, website, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
- Tom Yates: Facebook page ,DR-1, DR-2
Candidates for the two-year seat
- Chris Liebig: Website, blog, Twitter, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
- Paul Roesler: Facebook page, Twitter ,DR-1, DR-2
- Megan Schwalm: Facebook page, website, Twitter, candidate events ,DR-1, DR-2
2013 regular school election: Winning candidates received at least 3,041 votes; 11.86% voter turnout.
2011 regular school election: Winning candidates (four-year seats) received at least 1,910 votes, winning candidate (two-year seat) received 3,165 votes; 5.96% voter turnout.
2013 special election: Revenue Purpose Statement passed with 56% of the votes (3,405 yes votes); 8.09% voter turnout.
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