Murshid Barud

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Murshid Barud
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Board Member, Eden Prairie School Board, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
OtherMetropolitan State University
ProfessionOperations management
Campaign website
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Murshid Barud was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Eden Prairie school board. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Murshid Barud resides in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Barud and his family emigrated to the United States from Syria due to the outbreak of civil war.[1] He has studied at Metropolitan State University and is currently employed as an operations manager for Emerson Electric Co.[2]



See also: Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)


Murshid Barud and Tim Laurie lost to Ranee Jacobus, Elaine Larabee and Holly Link in their bids to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Eden Prairie Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Larabee 24.8% 4,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRanee Jacobus Incumbent 23% 3,920
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Link 21.9% 3,733
     Nonpartisan Tim Laurie 19.6% 3,350
     Nonpartisan Murshid Barud 10% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 127
Total Votes 17,079
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 272 - Eden Prairie," accessed December 18, 2013


Barud reported $3,044.34 in contributions and $2,287.43 in expenditures to the district office, which left his campaign with $756.91 in cash on hand.[3]


Murshid Barud received an endorsement for his campaign from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284.[4]

Campaign themes

Barud's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[5]

1) Closing the achievement gap

Our kids are already in different education levels by the time they are starting at kindergarten. The gap is strikingly evident from those children who attended early childhood education from those who did not have the privilege of going to early childhood education due to among other things income disparity. I strongly encourage the concept of making it free for all children to attend early childhood education for at least one year prior to kindergarten. This can also be achieved with more parental involvement in the children education. In addition, there also need o be more projects designed to assess students and , at an early stage, to identify those that are lagging behind so they can benefit from customized programs to supplement them so they are not left behind. Bridging the achievement gap will have direct-long term benefits for our society. It will help improve the graduation rate and help combat the problem of dropping out. Consequently more graduates and less drop outs will impact positively on crime rates and other social problems among our youth.

Any community or school districts can truly narrow the achievement gap, if it's willing to be honest about the gap and one needs to be done in order to tackle the problem. Let us move from the status quo, meaningless demands and start implementing more specific practices that are proven to be effective in the learning of our children, by doing so we will ensure an educational opportunity for all the Eden Prairie students and in the process strengthen our public education system for generations to come.

2)Fiscal Responsibility:

The main challenges facing our schools is not simply under funding only but the lack of prioritizing the existing funds we have and fiscal management. The main use of taxpayer dollars should be spent on our teachers by giving them the resources they need to give the best education to our students so they can be ready for a college and career.

3) Improving the content of class room hours

Our school instruction hours, specially in elementary education, should be more content based, with special focus on math, science and technology and equipping them with necessary skills, to face challenges in the increasingly shrinking labor market. Again, I am convinced this will be immensely helpful in developing the students academic performance and increase their chance to join best colleges and become attractive to perspective employers.

4) Reducing the class-size

The teacher-student ratio should remain a focus point of our education policy, specially from kindergarten through 4th grade. It is is [sic] this stage when teachers can identify the need of our kids and institute corrective action plan to bring children on the same level by assisting those in need.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Ranee Jacobus sought re-election, while fellow incumbents Suzanne Kutina and Chuck Mueller did not file for re-election. Jacobus competed with newcomers Holly Link, Elaine Larabee, Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud for the three seats.

About the district

See also: Eden Prairie Schools, Minnesota
Eden Prairie Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Eden Prairie 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.[6]


Eden Prairie 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 Eden Prairie was $91,711 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Eden Prairie was 5.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 60.5% of Eden Prairie residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Eden Prairie (%) Minnesota (%)
White 81.7 85.3
Black or African American 5.6 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.1
Asian 9.2 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[8]
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.[9]

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