|Board Member, South Washington County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Buena Vista College|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Leilani Holmstadt earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Buena Vista College. Holmstadt founded her own small business focusing on child care, which she still operates.
Leilani Holmstadt unsuccessfully ran against 13 other candidates in her attempt to win one of four at-large seats with four-year terms in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tracy Brunnette Incumbent||10.6%||2,990|
|Nonpartisan||Katy McElwee-Stevens Incumbent||9.4%||2,648|
|Nonpartisan||Sharon H. Van Leer||8.7%||2,464|
|Nonpartisan||David G. Kemper Incumbent||8%||2,267|
|Nonpartisan||Michael P. Edman||6.7%||1,880|
|Nonpartisan||Frederick E. Hess||5.9%||1,679|
|Nonpartisan||Wayne A. Johnson||5.5%||1,541|
|Nonpartisan||John P. Griffin, II||4.7%||1,323|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 833 - South Washington County," accessed December 18, 2013 and Scott Wente, South Washington County Bulletin, "Recount confirms Van Leer District 833 School Board victory," November 22, 2013|
Leilani Holmstadt reported $1,098.00 in contributions and $1,107.98 in expenditures to South Washington County Schools, which left her campaign with $9.98 in debt.
In an interview with the local newspaper, Holmstadt stated that her primary concerns were the need for an itemized district budget, wasteful spending and ill-conceived implementation of technology in the classroom.
What was at stake?
There were five seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Four of the seats were for normal four year terms, but the fifth seat was to fill a vacancy on the board and carried only a two year term. Board Vice-Chair Tracy Brunnette and fellow incumbents David G. Kemper and Katy McElwee-Stevens sought re-election to four year terms, while incumbent Laurie Johnson filed for the two year term. The incumbents faced a total of thirteen challengers, eleven of whom competed for the four year terms and two of whom challenged Johnson for the two year term.
About the districtWashington County, Minnesota. The county seat of Washington County is Stillwater. According to the 2010 United States Census, Washington County is home to 244,088 residents.
Washington County 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 Washington County was $79,571 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Washington County was 5.7% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 40.0% of Washington County 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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- Amber Kispert-Smith, Woodbury Bulletin, "Candidate profile: Leilani Holmstadt," October 15, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Communications department of South Washington County Schools on January 3, 2014
- United for MN School District 833, "Leilani Holmstadt," accessed October 22, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Washington County, Minnesota," accessed October 15, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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