Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
School Board badge.png
2013 Bloomington Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Bloomington Public Schools
Hennepin County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
Flag of Minnesota.png

Four seats on the Bloomington Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Challengers Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett defeated incumbents Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush to win the four at-large seats.

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.[1]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
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[3]
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.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Bloomington school board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were on the ballot in 2013.[5]

Candidates began filing affidavits of candidacy on July 30. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 13.[5]





  • Tim Culver
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Macalester College
    • Educator
  • Lyle Abeln
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, St. Cloud State University
    • Educator

  • Dawn Steigauf
    • Graduate, Iowa State University
    • Chair, Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force
  • Jim Sorum
    • Graduate, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
    • Retired, accountant
  • Tom Bennett
    • Graduate, University Of New Mexico
    • Special education teacher

Election results

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


There were no official endorsements made in this election.

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $10,898.52 and spent a total of $13,417.64 during the election, according to the district office.[6] State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.[7]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tim Culver $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Lyle Abeln $1,930.00 $1,930.10 -$0.10
Arlene Bush $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Ricardo Oliva $2,765.00 $2,879.54 -$114.54
Dawn Steigauf $3,503.52 $3,503.52 $0.00
Jim Sorum $190.00 $1,784.24 -$1,594.24
Tom Bennett $2,510.00 $3,320.24 -$810.24

Past elections

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bloomington Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
July 30, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
August 13, 2013 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections and a school district referendum. This referendum, which narrowly passed, replaced the existing capital projects levy of 2.625% times the net tax capacity of the school district with a new levy of 5.858% times the net tax capacity of the school district. This levy was estimated to raise approximately $60 million over a span of ten years and the district requested it in order to fund technology and security improvements in the school district.[8]

See also

External links

Suggest a link