Sharon H. Van Leer
|Sharon H. Van Leer|
|Board Member, South Washington County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bachelor's||Metropolitan State University|
Sharon Van Leer received her A.A. in Business Administration from Century College in 1996 and her B.A. in Business from Metropolitan State University in 2001. Van Leer has studied both for an M.P.A. and for a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University. She began her career as a claims processor for the Higher Education Assistance Foundation, and in 1991, she left that position to join the William Mitchell College of Law for her current position as a multicultural specialist.
|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|
Sharon Van Leer reported $1,832.62 in contributions and $1,826.66 in expenditures to South Washington County Schools, which left her campaign with $5.96 on hand.
Sharon Van Leer received an endorsement for her campaign from former district superintendent Tom Nelson.
In a survey with United for MN School District 833, Van Leer provided the following campaign themes:
[...]I would like to see District 833 continue to invest in technology for our children and to support academic excellence. Every child should have access to opportunities to prepare for a successful future in a global society. In addition, the District needs to continue on the path to ensure that our children are safe inside and outside of the schools.
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: 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.
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- Van Leer for Schools, "Sharon’s Biography," accessed October 22, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Sharon Vanleer," accessed October 22, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Communications department of South Washington County Schools on January 3, 2014
- Van Leer for Schools, "Endorsements," accessed October 22, 2013
- United for MN School District 833, "Sharon Van Leer," 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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