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Andrea Cuene
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Board Member, Wayzata School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
OtherUniversity of Minnesota
ProfessionSpeech language pathologist
Campaign website
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Andrea Cuene is an at-large member of the Wayzata school board. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Andrea Cuene resides in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband and two sons. Cuene earned her B.A. in Communication Disorders, her M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology and her post-baccalaureate certificate in Child Abuse Prevention Studies from the University of Minnesota. She began her career as a speech language pathologist as the University of Minnesota Hospital and NovaCare before taking a break from her career to raise her sons. In 2008, she resumed her career as a speech language pathologist with Greenwood Elementary, which is a part of the district.[1]



See also: Wayzata Public Schools elections (2013)


Andrea Cuene ran against eight fellow newcomers and won one of three vacant at-large school board seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Wayzata Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCullough 21.9% 1,607
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Johansen 21% 1,539
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Cuene 15.2% 1,112
     Nonpartisan Ted Victor 13.4% 981
     Nonpartisan Dan Haugen 12.2% 894
     Nonpartisan Derek Diesen 6.6% 486
     Nonpartisan David A. Lloyd 3.7% 268
     Nonpartisan Bill Pritchard 2.9% 215
     Nonpartisan Phil Napier 2.7% 200
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 29
Total Votes 7,331
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 284 - Wayzata," accessed December 18, 2013


Andrea Cuene reported $990.00 in contributions and $8,533.52 in expenditures to Wayzata Public Schools, which left her campaign with $7,543.52 in debt.[2]


Andrea Cuene did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Cuene's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

  • District Growth - Responsibly meet the needs of the growing number of students in our school district.
  • District Policy - Make fiscally responsible decisions that provide a positive, measurable and direct impact on teachers and students in their classrooms.
  • Academic achievement - Deliver an exceptional education that sparks students’ love for learning while preserving Wayzata’s tradition of academic excellence for each and every student.
  • Technology - Use technology to transform classroom learning, engaging students and preparing them to be 21st century problem solvers while continuing to support teachers as they learn to use the always-changing technology to innovate their instruction.
  • Relationships - Foster productive relationships with our legislators to promote local control of stable funding. Also, support effective communication between Wayzata’s school board, administrators, parents and district residents for collaborative decision-making regarding our most important asset-our kids!

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. None of the three incumbents with expiring terms, including Board Chair Susan Jean Hayes Droegemueller, filed for re-election. Nine newcomers, Andrea Cuene, Derek Diesen, Dan Haugen, Sarah Johansen, David A. Lloyd, Chris McCullough, Phil Napier, Bill Pritchard and Ted Victor filed for the three open seats.

About the district

See also: Wayzata Public Schools, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. According to the 2010 United States Census, Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents.[4]


Hennepin County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and higher education achievement but underperformed in terms of its poverty rate in 2011. The median household income in Hennepin County was $62,966 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Hennepin County was 12.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 44.7% of Hennepin County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Hennepin County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 76.7 86.5
Black or African American 12.3 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.3
Asian 6.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

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

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