Dallas County School Election September 12, 2017

 

Candidate Listing By Office

 

District: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

 

Office: Director, District # 3 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for ADM, Waukee & WCV School Districts.

1 Candidate Filed:

Jim Knott, 1503 Birch Ave., Carroll, 712-792-4513, jeknott70@outlook.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors member
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

 

Office: Director, District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for Van Meter School District.

2 Candidates Filed:

Kevin Halterman, 1109 Ann Pkwy., Indianola, (515) 240-5743, kevinh@mybankpsb.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors Vice-Chair

Brent Hinders, 1029 Rolling Hills Ct., Norwalk, (515) 697-4232, bhinders@hhlawpc.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Office: Director District #9 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for West Des Moines School District.

1 Candidate Filed:

Frederick V. Buie, 4848 Oakwood Lane, West Des Moines, (515) 226-9468, Fred.Buie@dmacc.edu
Age: 60
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors member
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

 

 

 

District: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (ADM)

Office: ADM School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 2)

2 Candidates Filed:

Kelli Book, 923 S. 10th St., Adel, (515) 306-2338, brabecbook@yahoo.com
Age: 45
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience: Current ADM school board Vice-President.
Remarks: ADM has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, ADM will likely retain their current school board.

Rod Collins, 31593 Puckerbrush Rd., Adel, (515) 993-3631, acoll45301@aol.com
Age: 49
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current ADM school board member.
Remarks: ADM has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, ADM will likely retain their current school board.

 

 

 

District: Perry

Office: Perry School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 2)

2 Candidates Filed:

Casey Baldwin, 353 332nd Pl., Perry, (515) 231-9141, isuholder@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Perry school board member
Remarks: Perry has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, Perry will likely retain their current school board.

Kyle Baxter, 1724 Paul St., Perry, (515) 505-0755, kyle@accujetiowa.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience: Current Perry school board President
Remarks: Perry has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, Perry will likely retain their current school board.

 

 

 

District: Van Meter

Office: Van Meter School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 3)

5 Candidates Filed:

Jake Cole, 204 Arlington Ave, Van Meter, (515) 321-7683, jakecole1975@gmail.com
Age: 42
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: 1994 graduate of Earlham High School. Employed by Dallas
Construction Corporation for the past 18 years, as well as recently
becoming the co-owner/operator of C & H Stump Grinding. In 2009,
moved from Earlham to Van Meter. President & Coach of the Youth
Wrestling Club for the past 10 years, involved with the Van Meter Youth
Football Program for 8 years, & served as Treasurer of the Central Iowa
Youth Football League for the past 3 years. If elected, one goal would be
to ensure that the school & the community work together to provide
the best education for all students. It is very important that taxpayers
have a voice. It is also important that Van Meter continues to have a
strong academic standard, making sure our students not only graduate,
but are well prepared for further education.

Jessica Drake, 309 Hazel St., Van Meter, (515) 478-5047, jessdrake83@gmail.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in Van Meter since 1993. Graduated from Van Meter
High School in 2001 & participated in band, choir, Honor Roll &
National Honor Society during her years at Van Meter. Assists with
youth sports including baseball, football & wrestling. Currently the
Advancement Chair for the Boy Scout Troop. Served as a member of
the Van Meter Elementary Parents Committee, Van Meter Athletic
Booster Club & SIAC. Worked several years at Skogerson Law, PC in
Van Meter serving as both the office manager & legal assistant.
Moved into a Project Manager role at Stine Seed Company &
currently at Farm Bureau. She has been fortunate enough to work for
organizations that value their ties to their local communities as well
as Iowa.

John Gilliland, 28891 Hickory Ridge Dr., Van Meter, (515) 975-2426, johngilliland@q.com
Age: 51
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Former Iowa Deputy Secretary of State (1995-1998)
Remarks: Grew up in Knoxville, Iowa. Graduated from Cornell College
where he was a member of the Dean’s List & the football team.
Earned law degree from Creighton University. Served as Iowa’s
Deputy Secretary of State for 4 years. Now works at Morgan Stanley,
helping families, nonprofits, & small businesses plan for the future.
Serves on the Board for Van Meter Education Foundation where he
helped raise money for scholarships for Van Meter graduates as well
as extra equipment, technology, & curriculum for our science, math &
Spanish classes. Helped start the Blue & White youth football camp
four years ago which has raised thousands of dollars in sponsorships
to purchase new uniforms & equipment for our youth football teams.
Running for school board because his experience as an attorney & in
financial management makes him uniquely qualified to serve & help
the district make sound fiscal & policy decisions for our school.
Promises to always put the district’s kids first, support our teachers &
protect taxpayers.

Sharlotte Peterson, 104 Arlington Ave., Van Meter, (515) 996-2179, speterson@pork.org
Age: 43
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Resident of Van Meter for 17 years. Spent last 17 years with
the National Pork Board as Outreach Projects Manager, working for &
representing 60,000 pork producers.
Served as President & Treasurer on the Van Meter Pre-Kindergarten
Board for multiple years, Van Meter Little League & Youth Basketball
Boards. Coached youth soccer.
Currently involved with Van Meter Elementary Parents Committee &
Pack 120 Cub Scout Committee, where she served as Treasurer for
both for many years. Also a member of Van Meter Athletic Boosters. If
elected, will add an objective & reasonable voice to any issues the
school board may face in the next four years. Believes her experience
in leadership & business will be a valuable asset as a school board
member.

Mark Smith, 36835 Forest Ln., Van Meter, IA, (515) 330-9588, mark.smith@vmbulldogs.com
Age: 48
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Van Meter school board vice-president
Remarks: Air Force veteran originally from a farming family in eastern
Iowa. Currently work in management for Foth Engineering. Currently
serving on school board & seeking re-election for a second term.
Believes district is positioned extremely well to continue to provide the
best education for our children for many years to come. Future success
requires us to make thoughtful decisions so our district continues to be
fiscally strong. Additionally, must also be mindful of our strength as a
relatively small district & understand how our student population
growth must be planned & managed. Must continue to provide an
excellent learning environment with great facilities which will attract
the best teacher-leaders that can personalize our kids learning giving
them the skills & experience they need for their adult life.

 

 

 

District: Waukee

Office: Waukee School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 4)

13 Candidates Filed:

 

Ingrid Williams, 1330 S 93rd St., West Des Moines, (515) 371-5277, ingridwilliams@me.com
Age: 51
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Since 2009, worked as successful realtor, focusing on families
within Waukee & surrounding communities. Worked for school district as
health associate in numerous buildings for over 5-years. During my time
as district employee, saw a great need & so in 2016, spearheaded effort
to launch Waukee Community Closet, a non-profit organization that gives
away free clothing in Dallas County to children & families in need. That
organization has flourished & helped thousands of people & hundreds of
families in our area. Believes strong community starts with strong families
& strong school system. School is truly the heart of the community.

David Cunningham, 14622 Hawthorn Dr., Clive, (515) 669-4146, dcunningham14622@yahoo.com
Age: 60
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board Vice-President.
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee school district for 25 years. Certified
Financial Planner with HJN Advisors with over 20 years professional
experience in financial services field. Former teacher & has served on
various boards including Band Booster President, Celebration in Brass,
Original Iowa Executive Board of Certified Financial Planners. He
volunteers at Hope Ministries. On 02/28/2016, earned a thistle from DSM
Register for agreeing that Waukee high school students should be asked
to recite Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.

Wendy Liskey, 7557 Dakota Cir., West Des Moines, (515) 201-8486, wendy.liskey.1@gmail.com
Age: 46
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board member.
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee School District for 15 years. Involved
with Waukee schools since 2006; served on Boundary Committee
(2012-13), Secondary Study Committee (2013), Brookview PTO as
Vice-President & Staff Appreciation Chair (2013), & District PTO
Secretary. Works part-time as Missions Assistant at Lutheran Church
of Hope.

Mary Thomas Scheve, 14771 Wildwood Dr., Clive, (515) 229-0869, scheveisu@yahoo.com
Age: 56
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board President
Remarks: Obtained MBA & CPA. Chief Financial Officer at August
Home Publishing Company for 17 years. Third generation Waukee
High School graduate & third generation school board member.
Served on Waukee Foundation Auction/Dinner as co-chair (3-years),
Waukee Foundation Board, School Improvement groups, &
committee roles at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Greater Des Moines
Cyclone Club, Waukee Ragbrai subcommittee & ISU Alumni Audit.
Provides continuity in using her skills to give every Waukee student a
robust individualized education from innovative teachers & staff in a
socially responsible & financially efficient manner.

Dan Ahrens, 95 Windfield Pkwy, Waukee, (515) 508-1518, danahrens4waukee@gmail.com
Age: 50
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Waukee resident for the past 22 years. Earned a degree in Management
Information Systems from Buena Vista University. Employed by
Compressor Controls Corporation as a Manager of Embedded Systems &
Senior Software Design Engineer for the past 24 years. Decision to run for
the Waukee School Board is based on my passion for excellence in
education.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Christopher Disbro, 2524 NW 161st St., Clive, (515) 988-1620, cdisbro@gmail.com
Age: 33
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in Waukee area for most of his life & attended Waukee
Elementary School. Graduate of University of Notre Dame, physician, &
small business owner working mostly with special needs children. Returned
to Waukee specifically for the schools. Rapidly changing world requires
focusing our children’s education on the skills they will need in the future
including primary source research, foreign languages & programming.

Jeanne Fung, 14817 Dellwood Dr., Urbandale, (515) 229-0629, jmfung5@gmail.com
Age: 49
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee School District since 2005. Grew up in
O’Neill, Nebraska, & attended Creighton University, receiving a BSOT in
1991. Currently works in skilled rehab unit at Edgewater in West Des
Moines. Previously worked as traveling therapist in facilities around the
Waukee area. Believes that the district is entering a challenging period
with both growth & budget issues. To ensure continued success, it is
essential that there be open collaboration from the students to the
administration. Confident that she would be able to represent the
students, parents & teachers through this board position by giving them
a voice in the administrative & educational decisions.

Tyler Higgs, 2063 NW 146th St, Clive, 309-573-8063, Higgs4waukeeSD@gmail.com
Age: 31
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Currently an AEA school psychologist who has dedicated his
life to child development, education & behavior. Cares passionately
about special education, kids who are talented & gifted, improving
mental health supports, & making sure every child succeeds to the
best of their ability. Know the challenges facing Iowa’s children
because he works to solve them every day. Wants to advocate for
policies that improve our system of academic & behavioral supports so
that every child feels safe, supported, & ready to learn at school.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Kimberly Hupp, 1805 SE Florence Dr., Waukee, (515) 306-5028, kimberlyjhupp@gmail.com
Age: 39
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:Performs PR/Communications work for the Iowa State Education Association
Remarks: Grew up in Des Moines area. Graduated from Urbandale Senior
High School & University of Northern Iowa, Art & Marketing. Performs
PR/Communications work for the Iowa State Education Association &
works part-time at Gusto Pizza Company. Running for school board to be
a voice for Waukee parents who believe that quality public education is
the foundation of a strong community. Served on Waukee District Parent
Calendar Committee (2011-12) & have been involved in Waukee Band
Parent Organization, Waukee Vocal Music Boosters, Waukee Athletic
Boosters, Brookview PTO, as well as volunteering & chaperoning at many
class parties & school events.

Katie Johnson, 90 Abigail Ln., Waukee, (515) 669-3866, pipharp91@aol.com
Age: 35
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Grew up in West Des Moines area & graduated from Valley High
School. Earned bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication &
Public Relations from Drake University. Worked at DuPont Pioneer for last
13 years in sales operations department. Appreciates teachers who work in
Waukee Community School District; wants to advocate on their behalf,
modeling the respect they deserve for the challenging job they do.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union

Lori Lyon, 606 SE Boone Dr., Waukee, (515) 724-2637, lorilyon4waukee@gmail.com
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Made Waukee community home for the past 21 years. Has
been an educator for over 25 years, with BA from University of Northern
Iowa, MA from Viterbo University, & Certificate in Reading Recovery
Teacher Training from University of Northern Iowa. Dedicated most of
her professional career to education & believes in working together to
meet diverse social, emotional & programming needs of our students.
Believes school board must advocate to ensure that cuts in state funding
don’t negatively affect those needs, while remaining fiscally responsible
to taxpayers for a world-class education.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Lara Plaisance, 1540 SE Bristol Dr., Waukee, (515) 339-5145, laraqueen80@gmail.com
Age: 38
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Grew up in Storm Lake. Graduated from Storm Lake High
School (1998). Obtained BA in English, Journalism & Mass
Communication from University of Iowa (2002) & JD from University of
Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (2008). Partner at Des Moines law
firm, Hopkins & Huebner, PC.Issues at the forefront include maximizing limited
financial resources while maintaining educational excellence; caring for
& improving academic, physical & emotional health of our students;
working within framework & implementation of Every Student Succeeds
Act; managing & embracing continued exponential growth of our
district; & addressing needs of diverse populations within our district.

Evan Van Wyk, 135 SE Kellerman LN., Waukee, (515) 444-3851, evanvanwyk@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Information about this candidate was not available at the time of this posting.

Office: Waukee School Board Member to Fill Vacancy (Vote for no more than 1)

1 Candidate Filed:

Jerry Ripperger, 9124 Canyon St., West Des Moines, (515) 401-7514, panther1987@msn.com
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board member.
Remarks: Worked for Principal Financial Group for over 24-years;
currently serves as Vice President of Consulting focusing on Employee
Stock Ownership Plans. Served on school boundary committees.
Served on school board for past 12-years. During that time, district has
had to manage unprecedented growth while facing state funding
limitations; yet managed to increase programming & opportunities for
students.

 

 

 

District: West Central Valley (WCV)

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 3 (Vote for no more than 1)

3 Candidates Filed:

Mike Dickson, 3065 340th St., Stuart, (515) 689-9088, mdickson7970@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Michael Egger, 3255 340th St., Stuart, (515) 202-2899, mike.egger.wcv@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Nyle Godwin, 3360 280th Rd., Redfield, (515) 833-2948, ngodwin116@aol.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Jill Gerling, 3513 330th Trl., Dexter, (515) 789-4076, jillgerling@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Christine Stiles, 618 State St., Dexter, (515) 729-4421 christinestileshome@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 6 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Mick Askren, 907 N. Main St., Stuart, (515) 491-6574, askrenmike@centurylink.net
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
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Jenyse K Belden, 306 N Adair St., Stuart, (515) 523-4042, bjbjkb97@aol.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 7 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Neal Crawford, 623 SW 3rd St., Stuart, (515) 523-1402, ncrawford22@msn.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Laura Weber, 303 N. Adair St., Stuart, (515) 720-3141, weber.lauraa@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

 

 

 

District: West Des Moines Community School District

Office: Director At Large (Vote for no more than 3)

4 Candidates Filed:

Elizabeth Brennan, 804 38th St., West Des Moines, (515) 222-6920
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Kelly Davydov, 4812 Stonebridge Circle, West Des Moines, (515) 974-7285
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Vicky Poole, 12844 Clark St., Clive, (641) 590-0293
Age: 71
Political Party Affiliation: Republican
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Jennifer Wells
Age: 39
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Public Measure Letter A: Shall the following public measure be adopted? (Yes or No)

Shall the Board of Directors of the West Des Moines Community School District, in the Counties of Polk &
Dallas, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing & improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or
buildings & opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or leasepurchase
of technology & equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of
schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing,
remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings & additions to existing
schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing
transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings
or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter
authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical
plant & equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar Thirty-Four Cents ($1.34) per One Thousand
Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing
with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, or each year thereafter?

 

 

 

District: Woodward-Granger (WW-GR)

Office: WW-GR School Board Director District # 2 (Vote for no more than 1)

No Candidate filed

Office: WW-GR School Board Director District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

1 Candidate Filed:

Ashley Brandt, 2437 Birch St., Granger, IA, (515) 974-7327, Ashley.brandt@hotmail.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: