Jim Sorum

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Jim Sorum
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Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1989
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bloomington school board
1990 - 2011
Bachelor'sUniversity of St. Thomas, St. Paul
ProfessionRetired accountant
Campaign website
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Jim Sorum is an at-large member of the Bloomington school board. He won the general election on November 5, 2013. Sorum served on the board from 1990 to 2011.


Sorum resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Sorum earned his B.A. in Business Administration and Acounting from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. Before retiring, he was employed as the head of the cost accounting department at Nuaire. Sorum spent 21 years on the Bloomington school board in addition to serving as a coach, referee, umpire and announcer for local community athletics.[1]



See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)


Jim Sorum 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


Sorum reported $190.00 in contributions and $1,784.24 in expenditures to the school district office, which left his campaign with $1,594.24 in debt.[2]


Sorum did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sorum Incumbent 34.3% 10,471
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Bartolotta 33% 10,065
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChuck Walter 31.7% 9,680
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1% 290
Total Votes 30,506

Campaign themes

In an interview with the local newspaper, Sorum listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

"One priority for the next couple of years should be to maintain a funding level that is adequate and appropriate. That means the state has to provide the money to fund the mandates they insist we follow so we don’t have to shift money from our own funds to pay for special services.

Another priority is to strengthen the district’s Pathways to Graduation program to ensure all students can learn to the best of their ability.

A third priority is to promote family engagement in their children’s schools. History has shown when parents are involved students do better in school."

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.[3]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]

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