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Gary Huusko

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Gary Huusko
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Board Member, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
AppointedOctober 27, 2011
Appointed byRosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board
Term limitsN/A
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Gary Huusko is an at-large member of the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2011 and he won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Gary Huusko has practiced law since 1983, and he is currently employed as an associate at the Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda law firm. Huusko specializes in employment, business and intellectual property law. Prior to and since serving on the board, he participated in a variety of advisory councils in the school district in addition to his volunteering in the community and with local youth athletics.[1]



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


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


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


Huusko 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.[2][3]


Gary Huusko did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

During a candidate forum hosted by the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Huusko provided the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Strengthen the relationship between the business community and schools.
  • Reduce and eliminate the achievement gap.
  • Continue to utilize district resources well.

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[8]
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

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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