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Art Coulson

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Art Coulson
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Board Member, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Next generalNovember, 2017
AppointedFebruary 25, 2008
Appointed byRosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolNorfolk Academy
Bachelor'sDuke University
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Office website
Art Coulson is an at-large member of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2008 and elected in 2009, and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Art Coulson graduated from Norfolk Academy before earning his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Duke University. Coulson began his career as a journalist with the Democrat and Chronicle and then became an editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.[1][2] He currently owns and operates his own graphic design business, Redbird Media & Design, and he recently authored a book, The Creator's Game: A Story of Baaga'adowe/Lacrosse.[3]

Elections

2013

See also: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Art Coulson and fellow incumbents Gary Huusko and Mike Roseen defeated challenger Craig Angrimson to win three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Results

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Roseen Incumbent 30.1% 12,138
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Huusko Incumbent 26.3% 10,616
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Coulson Incumbent 24.3% 9,811
     Nonpartisan Craig Angrimson 17.8% 7,199
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.5% 587
Total Votes 40,351
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 196 - Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan," accessed December 18, 2013

Funding

Coulson reported no contributions or expenditures to the district office. State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.[4][5]

Endorsements

Art Coulson did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2009

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKevin Sampers Incumbent 21.8% 2,316
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Roseen Incumbent 21.6% 2,291
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Coulson Incumbent 18.9% 2,007
     Nonpartisan Jackie Miller 13.7% 1,455
     Nonpartisan Steve Bolluyt 9.4% 992
     Nonpartisan Rob Killian 6.7% 705
     Nonpartisan Jack Gresser 5.2% 551
     Nonpartisan Rochell Al Ansari 2% 207
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 76
Total Votes 10,600
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected School District Contests," accessed October 22, 2013

Campaign themes

During a candidate forum hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Coulson stated that his top priorities were passing the school levy referendum, maintaining communication between the district and the community and addressing the racial achievement gap in the district. Coulson acknowledged that the district is making progress regarding the achievement gap, but argued that it wasn't occurring quickly enough, and he added that this issue was "[...]about raising the bar for everybody."[6]

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board Clerk Gary Huusko, Treasurer Art Coulson and fellow incumbent Mike Roseen sought and won re-election. They faced only one challenger, Craig Angrimson, for the three seats.

Budget cuts

Since the 2009-10 school year, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district administration has cut $34 million from its budget in response to a decline in the growth rate of state K-12 education funding. These cuts resulted in the loss of more than 200 staff and widespread pay freezes for remaining employees. Voters rejected a levy referendum in 2010 that would have increased local funding for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, which left the district reliant on its 2005 levy that expires in 2016. There was a new levy referendum on the November 5, 2013 ballot that would allow the district to maintain its current spending levels without requiring additional cuts, which passed.[7] On September 9, 2013, the school board and the Dakota County United Educators union agreed to a new salary schedule for district employees that provides a two percent raise in each step of the salary schedule and an increase in the district's benefit contributions. The previous salary schedule had not been adjusted for four years due to the financial difficulties experienced by the district.[8]

About the district

See also: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota. The county seat of Dakota County is Hastings, Minnesota. According to the 2010 United States Census, Dakota County is home to 405,088 residents.[9]

Demographics

Dakota County 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 Dakota County was $73,723 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Dakota County was 6.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Dakota County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.4% in Minnesota.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Dakota County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 87.0 85.3
Black or African American 5.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 4.7 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[10]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 116,255 109,516
2008 116,778 104,364
2004 104,635 108,959
2000 85,446 87,250




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