|Board Member, Eden Prairie School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bachelor's||Saint Catherine University, St. Paul|
|Master's||Loyola Marymount University|
|Profession||Strategic training developer|
Holly Link resides in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Link earned her B.A. in Graphic Communications from Saint Catherine University, St. Paul and her M.A. in Clinical Art Therapy and Marriage and Family Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. She has studied Art and Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Professional Education at the Harvard University School of Education, and she is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Link has 15 years of experience as a residential and commercial designer, 13 years as an educator, ten years as a marriage and family therapist, and three years as a staff development trainer and health coach. She has spent the last five years as a strategic training developer and project manager with Medica.
- See also: Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)
|Eden Prairie Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Ranee Jacobus Incumbent||23%||3,920|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 272 - Eden Prairie," accessed December 18, 2013|
Link reported $4,375.00 in contributions and $4,275.00 in expenditures to the district office, which left her campaign with $100.00 in cash on hand.
Holly Link received an endorsement for her campaign from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284.
Link's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Why: EACH child deserves the education they need to:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Ranee Jacobus sought re-election, while fellow incumbents Suzanne Kutina and Chuck Mueller did not file for re-election. Jacobus competed with newcomers Holly Link, Elaine Larabee, Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud for the three seats.
About the district
- See also: Eden Prairie Schools, Minnesota
Eden Prairie 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 Eden Prairie was $91,711 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Eden Prairie was 5.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 60.5% of Eden Prairie residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.
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.
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- LinkedIn, "Holly Link," accessed October 21, 2013
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from district election clerk Laurie Hemstock on February 13, 2014
- Vote Holly Link, For Eden Prairie School Board, "Why I'm Running," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Eden Prairie (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014