Anne Becker

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Anne Becker
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Board member, Rochester Board of Education, Position 6
Incumbent
Term ends
2018
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2018
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sThe University of Iowa and Winona State University
Personal
ProfessionAccountant, software developer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Anne Becker is the Position 6 member of the Rochester Board of Education in Minnesota. She won in the general election on November 4, 2014. She was first elected to the board on November 2, 2010.

Biography

Anne Becker is a resident of Rochester, Minnesota. Becker earned her undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Iowa and her undergraduate degree in computer information systems from Winona State University. In her career, she has worked as both an accountant and as a software developer.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Rochester Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

The election in Rochester featured four seats up for general election on November 4, 2014. The primary election was held on August 12, 2014. Position 2 incumbent Gary W. Smith and Position 4 incumbent Julie Workman ran unopposed for re-election. Terry Throndson sought re-election to the Position 5 seat against challenger Jean Marvin. Fellow Position 5 challengers Nora Dooley and Matthew Paul Halleck lost in the primary election. Don Barlow challenged Anne Becker for the Position 6 seat.

Results

Rochester Public Schools, Position 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Becker Incumbent 59.5% 18,677
     Nonpartisan Don Barlow 40.2% 12,631
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 108
Total Votes 31,416
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "MN Election Results," accessed November 5, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Funding

Rochester Public Schools does not publish campaign finance reports for school board candidates. State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.[2]

Endorsements

Becker received an endorsement from the Post Bulletin.[3]

2010

Rochester Public Schools, Position 6 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Becker 38.9% 3,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDeborah Seelinger 32.5% 3,258
     Nonpartisan Fred Daly Incumbent 28.6% 2,866
Total Votes 10,028
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected School District Contests," accessed August 1, 2014


Rochester Public Schools, Position 6 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Becker 58.2% 19,429
     Nonpartisan Deborah Seelinger 41.3% 13,791
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 164
Total Votes 33,384
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected School District Contests," accessed August 1, 2014

Campaign themes

2014

Becker published her platform on her campaign website:

1. I believe society doesn’t move forward unless we have well educated citizens. Public schools play a critical role in that education. I still have two children in Rochester Public Schools, so I have vested interests as a parent and a taxpayer in its success. I want to continue to be a part of leading Rochester Public Schools successfully forward.

2. There were several challenges during my first two years on the Rochester School Board. Many of those challenges have been addressed by hiring Superintendent Munoz and by governing as a unified Board to move the district forward. I know I will be an even more effective board member with the experience I have gained over the past four years.

3. Finally, I believe I can still contribute positively and uniquely to make the district better while keeping the taxpayer, students, and staff in mind while making decisions.[4]

—Anne Becker campaign website, (2014), [5]

About the district

See also: Rochester Public Schools, Minnesota
Rochester Public Schools is located in Olmsted County, Minnesota.

Rochester Public Schools is located in Olmsted County, Minnesota. The county seat is Rochester. Olmsted County is home to 149,226 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] In the 2011-2012 school year, Rochester Public Schools was the seventh-largest school district in Minnesota and served 16,317 students.[7]

Demographics

Olmsted County overperformed compared to the rest of Minnesota in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 40.4 percent of Olmsted County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.2 percent for Minnesota as a whole. The median household income for Olmsted County was $66,667 compared to $59,126 for the state of Minnesota. The percentage of people below poverty level for Olmsted County was 8.5 percent while it was 11.2 percent for the state of Minnesota.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2013[6]
Race Olmsted County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 86.2 86.2
Black or African American 5.5 5.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.3
Asian 5.9 4.5
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 2.0 2.3
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern, Olmsted County[8]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 39,338 36,832
2008 38,711 36,202
2004 33,285 37,371
2000 25,822 30,641

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.[9]

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