|Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bloomington school board|
|1990 - 2011|
|Bachelor's||University of St. Thomas, St. Paul|
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.
|Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tim Culver Incumbent||13.3%||5,220|
|Nonpartisan||Arlene Bush Incumbent||12.5%||4,941|
|Nonpartisan||Lyle Abeln Incumbent||12.4%||4,895|
|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.
Sorum did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In an interview with the local newspaper, Sorum listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
"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 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.
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.
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- Mike Hanks, Sun Current, "Bloomington Board of Education election profiles," October 18, 2013
- Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from Jennifer Hazel on March 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (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