Arlene Bush

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Arlene Bush
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Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1981
Term limitsN/A
High schoolWest High School
OtherUniversity of Minnesota
ProfessionRetired public servant
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Arlene Bush was an at-large member of the Bloomington school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 1981 and she lost her re-election bid in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Arlene Bush resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Bush graduated from West High School in 1948 and studied Education and Business at the University of Minnesota for three years.[1] Before retiring, she served as the Chair of the MSBA Insurance Trust and as an ambassador for the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. Bush also served as a board member and president of the Minnesota School Board Association.[2]



See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)


Arlene Bush and fellow incumbents Lyle Abeln and Tim Culver lost their seats to challengers Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Oliva 16.8% 6,602
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sorum 15.1% 5,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Bennett 15% 5,902
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Steigauf 14.6% 5,763
     Nonpartisan Tim Culver Incumbent 13.3% 5,220
     Nonpartisan Arlene Bush Incumbent 12.5% 4,941
     Nonpartisan Lyle Abeln Incumbent 12.4% 4,895
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 120
Total Votes 39,390
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013


Bush reported no contributions or expenditures to the school district office.[3]


Bush did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Halvorson Wiklund 12.8% 3,561
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTim Culver Incumbent 10.9% 3,028
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArlene Bush Incumbent 8.9% 2,479
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hibbs Incumbent 8.1% 2,259
     Nonpartisan Maureen Peterson Incumbent 7.7% 2,131
     Nonpartisan William Reichert 7.6% 2,123
     Nonpartisan Julie Frankhouser 6.6% 1,843
     Nonpartisan Melissa Riebel 6.5% 1,823
     Nonpartisan Matthew Pawlowski 5.6% 1,563
     Nonpartisan Dan Wallerus 5.5% 1,533
     Nonpartisan Larry A. Frost 5.4% 1,518
     Nonpartisan Marcie Coval 4.9% 1,369
     Nonpartisan Amanda Crombie 4.8% 1,327
     Nonpartisan Lisa H. Bowen 3.9% 1,094
     Nonpartisan Ruth Adu-Gyamfi 0.7% 204
Total Votes 27,855
Source: Bloomington, Minnesota, "Unofficial results: General Election," accessed October 21, 2013

Campaign themes

In an interview with the local newspaper, Bush listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[2]

One thing I always say, "I never say this is the way we’ve always done it." It’s important to look at ways to improve, as we have many more needy students now, students who don’t speak English or need extra education.

It’s important to make the best use of our money. We’ve had good leadership. We have wonderful staff people. We need to continue to work toward the best possible use of our money, which has certainly been limited.

We have to have funding and use it the best for all students. We need to look at all of the issues in determining the best use of our funds in providing the best education for every student.

I don’t have certain things I’m out for. I look to do the best for every student and support all our employees, while working well with them.

What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush unsuccessfully sought re-election, while fellow incumbent Mark Hibbs did not file for re-election. The incumbents drew four challengers in Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett.

About the district

See also: Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Bloomington 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]


Bloomington outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Bloomington was $60,150 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Bloomington was 8.5% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.5% of Bloomington residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Bloomington (%) Minnesota (%)
White 79.7 85.3
Black or African American 7.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.1
Asian 5.9 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.1 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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