Dawn Steigauf

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Dawn Steigauf
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Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIowa State University
ProfessionPublic servant
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Dawn Steigauf is an at-large member of the Bloomington school board. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Steigauf resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Steigauf earned her B.S. in Child, Parent and Community Services from Iowa State University. She has dedicated her career to public service with a focus on education and meeting the needs of autistic people, such as her son. Steigauf has served as the Chair of the district's Special Education Community Advisory Council, the Vice Chair of the district's Curriculum Advisory Committee and as the Chair of the Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorder Task Force.[1]



See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)


Dawn Steigauf and three other challengers defeated Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush to win four at-large seats 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


Steigauf reported $3,503.52 in contributions and $3,503.52 in expenditures to the school district office, leaving her campaign with no cash on hand.[2]


Steigauf did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

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

  • What is best for our students will always be my #1 priority
  • Educate every child to his/her highest potential
  • Research based instructional practices and systems like Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and the National Reading Panel's "scientifically based reading instruction"
  • Support students based on their individual needs
  • Expand access to early childhood education to ensure all children are ready for Kindergarten
  • Increase parent/community involvement
  • Encourage new ideas and diverse perspective
  • Make fiscally responsible decisions

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

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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