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Holly Link
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Board Member, Eden Prairie School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSaint Catherine University, St. Paul
Master'sLoyola Marymount University
OtherHarvard University
ProfessionStrategic training developer
Campaign website
Holly Link is an at-large member of the Eden Prairie school board. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)


Holly Link, Ranee Jacobus and Elaine Larabee defeated Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud to win three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Eden Prairie Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Larabee 24.8% 4,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRanee Jacobus Incumbent 23% 3,920
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Link 21.9% 3,733
     Nonpartisan Tim Laurie 19.6% 3,350
     Nonpartisan Murshid Barud 10% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 127
Total Votes 17,079
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.[2]


Holly Link received an endorsement for her campaign from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284.[3]

Campaign themes

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

Why: EACH child deserves the education they need to:

  • Achieve personal fulfillment
  • Meet district expectations
  • Engage in their community
  • Be ready for next steps in their education or career

How: Implementing the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan ensures education that engages and inspires EACH child

What: It takes total community commitment to EACH child’s learning:

  • Long term sustainable funding
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Personal involvement

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 Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Eden Prairie 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]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Eden Prairie (%) Minnesota (%)
White 81.7 85.3
Black or African American 5.6 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.1
Asian 9.2 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 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: 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.[7]

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