Ricardo Oliva

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Ricardo Oliva
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Board Member, Bloomington School Board, At-large
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJ. F. Kennedy High School
Bachelor'sBerklee College of Music
Master'sBoston University
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Ricardo Oliva is an at-large member of the Bloomington school board. He won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Oliva resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Oliva graduated from J. F. Kennedy High School before earning his B.M. in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music and his M.M. in Music Education from Boston University. He has served as an adjunct professor at the McNally Smith College of Music and as a private music instructor, and he is also currently employed in the technology department of DCIP, LLC.[1]



See also: Bloomington Public Schools elections (2013)


Ricardo Oliva and three other challengers defeated Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush to win four at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Oliva 16.8% 6,602
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sorum 15.1% 5,947
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Bennett 15% 5,902
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Steigauf 14.6% 5,763
     Nonpartisan Tim Culver Incumbent 13.3% 5,220
     Nonpartisan Arlene Bush Incumbent 12.5% 4,941
     Nonpartisan Lyle Abeln Incumbent 12.4% 4,895
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 120
Total Votes 39,390
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 271 - Bloomington," accessed December 18, 2013


Oliva reported $2,765.00 in contributions and $2,879.54 in expenditures to the school district office, which left his campaign with $114.54 in debt.[2]


Oliva did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Bloomington Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNelly Korman 22.8% 5,440
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Bartolotta Incumbent 22% 5,243
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDick Bergstrom 19.4% 4,628
     Nonpartisan Judy Gruggen 18.1% 4,314
     Nonpartisan Ricardo Oliva 17.8% 4,256
Total Votes 23,881
Source: Bloomington, Minnesota, "Official results: General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2011," accessed October 14, 2013

Campaign themes

Oliva's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

Just as every person has different areas of interest, they also have different strengths and weaknesses. In order for students to reach their full potential they must be supported in the areas in which they struggle, but not at the detriment of the areas in which they thrive. A one-size-fits-all approach to education does not adequately allow the flexibility needed to develop a diverse student population. We must:

  • Provide the fundamental skills necessary to be successful not only in school, but in the larger community
  • Provide support on an individual basis whenever possible
  • Allow students choices in their education, and to meaningfully participate in curricular decisions that affect them

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

What was at stake?

There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Tim Culver, Lyle Abeln and Arlene Bush unsuccessfully sought re-election, while fellow incumbent Mark Hibbs did not file for re-election. The incumbents drew four challengers in Ricardo Oliva, Dawn Steigauf, Jim Sorum and Tom Bennett.

About the district

See also: Bloomington Public Schools, Minnesota
Bloomington Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Bloomington Public 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.[3]


Bloomington 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 Bloomington was $60,150 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Bloomington was 8.5% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.5% of Bloomington residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Bloomington (%) Minnesota (%)
White 79.7 85.3
Black or African American 7.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.1
Asian 5.9 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.1 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
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.[6][7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ricardo "Ric" Oliva for School Board, "School Board," accessed October 21, 2013
  2. Information received in an email to Ballotpedia from Jennifer Hazel on March 25, 2014
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 United States Census Bureau, "Bloomington (city), Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  5. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.