Michael P. Edman
|Michael P. Edman|
|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, South Washington County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Fairmont High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Minnesota-Twin Cities|
|J.D.||William Mitchell College of Law|
Michael Edman graduated from Fairmont High School and received his B.A. degree in Political Science and History from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities before earning his J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Edman is a practicing attorney with his own law firm that specializes in family and business law. He serves on the Cottage Grove Public Works Commission and Charter Commission along with the Washington County Community Corrections Board.
Michael Edman unsuccessfully ran against 13 other candidates in his 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|
Michael Edman reported no contributions or expenditures to South Washington County Schools.
Michael Edman did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In a survey with United for MN School District 833, Edman provided the following campaign themes:
A district of this size, in a growing area, should not need to rely on so many, or such large, continuing operating levies. There appears to be a pattern or plan to come to the ballot for several smaller amount referendums to fund operations. When taken as a whole, however, these operating referendums comprise about 10% of our overall budget. I would prefer that we create long term budgeting forecast that moves us away from needing operating levies over the next 10 years.
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
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- LinkedIn, "Michael Edman," accessed October 22, 2013
- Scott Wente, Woodbury Bulletin, "Candidate profile: Michael Edman," October 15, 2013
- Facebook, "About," accessed October 22, 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, "Michael Edman," 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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