Ranee Jacobus

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Ranee Jacobus
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Board Member, Eden Prairie School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Northern Iowa
Master'sUniversity of St. Thomas
ProfessionCorporate banker
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Ranee Jacobus is an at-large member of the Eden Prairie school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and she won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Ranee Jacobus resides in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Jacobus earned her B.A. in Business from the University of Northern Iowa and her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of St. Thomas, and she is currently a licensed real estate agent in the state of Minnesota. She spent 14 years in the corporate banking sector, most recently as the vice president of trust services at Wells Fargo in 1997. Jacobus has also taught night classes for the Minnesota Banking Association.[1]



See also: Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)


Ranee Jacobus, Holly Link and Elaine Larabee defeated Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud to win 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


Jacobus reported $0.00 in contributions and $600.00 in expenditures to the district office, which left her campaign with $600.00 in debt.[2]


Ranee Jacobus did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Jacobus's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

Being an Effective Leader Under Policy Governance
Comprehensive policies enable the district to move forward with a clear vision of our expectations and allows the Board to hold the district accountable for student achievement.

Practicing Fiscal Responsibility
Taxpayers expect the Board to oversee the use of their taxes in a responsible and effective manner. The annual budget acceptance is a key role of the Board. I understand the important balance between "right-sizing" expenses and making new investments in the classroom that will enhance student performance.

Communicating with Purpose
Residents expect timely, open and transparent communications from the Board and the District. I am committed to meeting those objectives personally, and I have been proactive throughout my first four years in encouraging the same from our District Administration.

Promoting Our District's Successes
Strong Schools equal a strong community. There are a lot of good things happening in our schools. Publicly celebrating these and emphasizing new initiatives in necessary to create a positive environment for our existing students and attract new families. With trust and support, I believe our new leadership can bring even greater successes to our district in the future.

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.[4]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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[6]
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 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.[7][8]

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  1. Ranee Jacobus - Your Voice for School Board, "About Ranee," accessed October 21, 2013 (timed out)
  2. Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from district election clerk Laurie Hemstock on February 13, 2014
  3. Ranee Jacobus - Your Voice for School Board, "Platform," accessed October 21, 2013 (timed out)
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 United States Census Bureau, "Eden Prairie (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  6. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. 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.