Saint Paul Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Saint Paul Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Saint Paul Public Schools
Ramsey County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
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Three seats on the Saint Paul Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Jean O'Connell and John Brodrick along with newcomer Chue Vue defeated challengers Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland to win the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Saint Paul Public Schools, Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota
Saint Paul Public Schools is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The county seat of Ramsey County is St. Paul. According to the 2010 United States Census, Ramsey County is home to 520,152 residents.[1]


Ramsey County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty rate but outperformed the state in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Ramsey County was $52,713 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Ramsey County was 16.4% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Ramsey County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Ramsey County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 71.7 85.3
Black or African American 11.4 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.1
Asian 12.7 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 3.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 7.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 184,938 86,800
2008 182,974 88,942
2004 171,846 97,096
2000 138,470 87,669

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Saint Paul school board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.[4]

Candidates began filing affidavits of candidacy on July 30. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 13.[5]





  • Jean O'Connell
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    • Retired, business executive
  • John Brodrick
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota
    • Retired, educator
  • Chue Vue
    • Graduate, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Lawyer, United Legal Law Firm

  • Greg Copeland
    • Graduate, Saint Leo University
    • Owner, Liberty Resources Corporation

Election results

Saint Paul Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChue Vue 30.8% 20,605
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJean O'Connell Incumbent 29.3% 19,621
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Brodrick Incumbent 24.6% 16,449
     Nonpartisan Greg Copeland 9.4% 6,307
     Nonpartisan Terrance Bushard 5.1% 3,417
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 481
Total Votes 66,880
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 625 - St. Paul," accessed December 18, 2013


Jean O'Connell received endorsements for her campaign from:[6][7][8]

  • Saint Paul Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • St. Paul Federation of Teachers
  • Mayor Chris Coleman
  • Saint Paul Public Schools board members Anne Carroll, Mary Doran, Keith Hardy, Louise Seeba and Elona Street-Stewart
  • Saint Paul City Council members Dan Bostrom, Amy Brendmoen, Kathy Lantry, Russ Stark, Chris Tolbert and Dave Thune
  • womenwinning
  • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
  • AFSCME Minnesota Council 5, Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO, IUPAT District Council 82, Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, Teamsters Local 120, International Union of Operating Engineers – Local 49, Plumbers Local Union No. 34, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10,North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Carpenters Local #322, IBEW Local 110, St. Paul Pipefitters Local 455 and Millwright and Machinery Erectors Local 548

John Brodrick received endorsements for his campaign from:[7][9][8]

Chue Vue received endorsements for his campaign from:[7][10][8]

Greg Copeland received an endorsement for his campaign from the Saint Paul Republicans, and Terrance Bushard did not receive any endorsements for his campaign.[11]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $58,191.64 and spent a total of $36,728.55 during the election, according to the Ramsey County Election Office.[12] Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland were not required to submit a campaign finance report since they raised and spent less than $750 each in 2013.[13] These numbers therefore do not include any contributions to or expenditures by Bushard or Copeland.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jean O'Connell $23,275.00 $10,980.00 $10,330.00
John Brodrick $7,300.00 $4,262.12 $1,211.22
Chue Vue $27,616.64 $21,486.43 $6,130.21
Terrance Bushard $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Greg Copeland $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board President Jean O'Connell and fellow incumbent John Brodrick sought and won re-election, but fellow incumbent Elona Street-Stewart did not file for re-election. They faced three newcomers in Chue Vue, Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland for the three seats.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Saint Paul Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

Deadline Event
July 30, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
August 13, 2013 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with other municipal elections. No additional measures appeared on the ballot.

See also

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