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School Board Election Results

Results of the Urbandale School Board Election are as follows (note: Results are ‘Unofficial’ until certified by the County Board of Supervisors):

  • Katherine Howsare = 1,543 ( 21.89%)
  • John Hollebrands = 1,152 ( 16.34%)
  • Ashley Anderson = 1,577 ( 22.37%)
  • Brianna Sayre Geiser = 1,277 ( 18.11%)
  • Judy Downs = 1,458 ( 20.68%)
  • WRITE-IN = 43 ( 0.61%)

We had four open seats and five candidates running. Thank you to all candidates for their dedication to Urbandale CSD students, staff, and families! #weappreciateU

Every two years we hold School Board elections and this year the Urbandale CSD will have four open seats on the ballot. All four seats are four-year terms. School Board volunteers are highly valued leaders in our district as they are elected to represent what is best for students and families. Board members volunteer their time by attending, collaborating, and leading semi-monthly work sessions and board meetings that focus on developing effective policies, establishing efficient budgets, and advocating for high-quality public education that prepares students for success. Candidates are listed below in alphabetical order. School Board Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Polls are open 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Ashley Anderson siteAshley Anderson

My husband and I moved to Urbandale in 2014 to start our family. While I was home raising our daughter Katy (4.5), I wanted to connect more with our community. I started to volunteer and quickly became an advocate for investment in education with our elected officials and area leaders. I am a member of the Urbandale Lions Club as well as an active volunteer with UCAN. I am a member of the Urbandale Fourth of July Committee where I help organize the Fourth of July Parade, the Cribbage Tournament, and the Kid’s Corner.

I am running to be the change that I want to see in the world. I plan on leading with a student-focused approach in my decision making. My top priorities are that we as a district support and invest in our teachers, that we advocate for students and public education with our local lawmakers, and that we encourage innovation and equity in our district.

Facebook: Ashley for Urbandale
Phone: 218-390-4160

Judy Downs siteJudy Downs

Although I am a Roosevelt grad, it’s been such a pleasure to live in my husband’s home town of Urbandale with our children Charlie (4) and Ginny (4 months). And, since 2017, it has been my honor to serve on the Urbandale School Board. I am proud of what we have accomplished but would like to continue my service to focus on student learning, communication, and student safety. Over the next four years, I will advocate for open communication between students, educators and the board in order to ensure the board is approving truly effective policies that enhance student achievement, promote inclusion and ensure safety. I also believe the School Board plays a major role in promoting the value of public education to the Iowa Legislature. I strive to be a leader on issues impacting our kids and will work to ensure Urbandale parents have a voice.

I am not on the school board to fight for my kids, but for every student in Urbandale. I would love to hear from our community and learn more about your needs and ideas. Please reach out anytime.

Twitter: @Judymdowns
Phone: 515-314-5762


John Hollebrands site

John Hollebrands

My name is John Hollebrands and I’m excited to be a candidate to serve on the UCSD Board. I have many things I would like to work on and help the District move forward in a positive manner. Here are a few of my top priorities:

  • $59 Million Building Project – Utilizing my experience in large scale construction, I intend to ensure the athletic center and two new elementary schools are built on time and within budget.
  • Academically Challenged Youth – I am a proponent of the District’s continual improvement plan. I would like to see that program continued in an effort to support our youth.
  • Employee Safety and Wellness – If elected, I intend to get input from all levels of staff to see how we can create a positive work environment.

Facebook: John Hollebrands for Urbandale School Board
Phone: 515-480-7246

Katherine Howsare siteKatherine Howsare

My husband, Galen, and I moved to Urbandale in 2011. I retired in 2015 following 20 years with UCSD as the UHS Teacher librarian for eight years and as UHS counselor for 12 years before that. I have an M.A. In Counseling from Truman State in 1981, and an M.A. In Library and Information Sciences from University of Iowa in 2008. Our daughter, Anne, is Provost at DMACC Urban, and our son, Mark, is a Technology Education teacher at Waukee High School. I like to read, work out, garden and travel. I volunteer extensively with Polk County Master Gardener Discovery Garden at the state fair, and at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.

I have served on the Urbandale School Board since 2015; my roles on the Board have included serving as a Director, Vice President, and President. My top three priorities for the district include: 1) proper oversight of expenditures/timeliness of new fitness center and two elementary schools construction through 2025, 2) increased emphasis/strategies concerning staff/student safety and wellbeing, including mental health needs, social/emotional development, sense of personal value, 3) increased attention to student/building equity needs, including gender, ethnic, poverty levels and how best to serve our students, staff and families in a visionary way.

Twitter: @howsarek
Facebook: Katherine Howsare
Phone: 515-490-3911

Brianna Sayre Geiser siteBrianna Sayre Geiser 

My husband Ryan and I moved to Urbandale in 2004 and have lived in the same house/neighborhood for 15 years. Our attraction to Urbandale was simple—land-locked school district in the metro. I work for Heartland AEA and lived through the growth of many surrounding metro school districts and realized if we could avoid that growth for our children we would. As we watched Webster being built across the street from our neighborhood, our daughter was born. Breckin is a freshman at Urbandale High, class of 2023. We enjoy watching her pursue her many interests over the years including band, choir, basketball, track and softball. Through these activities, we have built relationships with many families and community members over the years. 

My passion in my educational career is my work in social emotional behavior and mental health. I feel strongly that ALL learners need a safe and supportive environment where they can learn and grow into healthy productive citizens in our community. My background is in early childhood education and I work with many preschools across central Iowa. We are getting better at changing mindset and learning together in the process and in turn children are coming to school ready to learn and going into kindergarten more successful. I serve on many State and Local Leadership teams including State Early Childhood Leadership, EC PBIS State Leadership Team, SEBH Leaderships for Heartland AEA which has helped me become a systems thinker with short and long term goals in mind. I am running for school board to ensure all students, families feel connected to, and a sense of belonging in their school.

Twitter: @GBPgal
Facebook: Brianna Sayre Geiser for Urbandale
Phone: 515-250-6703