John Hakes

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John Hakes
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Mounds View School Board, At-large
Ramsey County Library Board of Trustees
January 14, 2014 - December 31, 2016
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth
OtherMinnesota State University, Mankato
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
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John Hakes was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Mounds View school board. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


John Hakes received a B.S. in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato before earning a B.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master's degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. From 1999 to 2009, Hakes served as an auditor for the state of Minnesota.[1]



See also: Mounds View Public Schools elections (2013)


John Hakes lost to incumbents Jon Tynjala, Greg Madsen and Marre Jo Sager in his bid for one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Mounds View Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Madsen Incumbent 29.1% 6,339
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarre Jo Sager Incumbent 27.7% 6,037
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJon Tynjala Incumbent 24.1% 5,251
     Nonpartisan John Hakes 19% 4,130
Total Votes 21,757
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 621 - Mounds View," accessed December 18, 2013


John Hakes reported $1,266.00 in contributions and $1,266.00 in expenditures to the Ramsey County Election Department, which left his campaign with no debt or cash on hand.[2]


John Hakes did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Mounds View Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Westerman 17.4% 2,883
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Helgeson Incumbent 16.1% 2,669
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Sjobeck Incumbent 13.9% 2,304
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Jones 12.7% 2,107
     Nonpartisan Lee Porath 12.5% 2,075
     Nonpartisan Tim Husnik 8.9% 1,483
     Nonpartisan John Hakes 6.8% 1,134
     Nonpartisan Jonathan Weinhagen 5.8% 957
     Nonpartisan Marilyn Bunzo 5.4% 891
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 88
Total Votes 16,591
Source: Ramsey County, Minnesota, "Abstract of Votes Cast," accessed October 14, 2013

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board Chair Jon Tynjala and fellow incumbents Greg Madsen and Marre Jo Sager sought re-election. They faced only one newcomer, John Hakes, for the three seats.

About the district

See also: Mounds View Public Schools, Minnesota
Mounds View Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Mounds View Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The county seat of Ramsey County is St. Paul. According to the 2010 United States Census, Ramsey County is home to 520,152 residents.[3]


Ramsey County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty rate but outperformed the state in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Ramsey County was $52,713 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Ramsey County was 16.4% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Ramsey County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Ramsey County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 71.7 85.3
Black or African American 11.4 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.1
Asian 12.7 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 184,938 86,800
2008 182,974 88,942
2004 171,846 97,096
2000 138,470 87,669

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]

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  1. LinkedIn, "John Hakes," accessed October 21, 2013
  2. Ramsey County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Reports - 2013," accessed December 26, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Ramsey County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  4. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.