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2013 South Washington County Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Minnesota
South Washington County Schools
Washington County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
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Five seats on the South Washington County Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013.

Incumbents Tracy Brunnette and Katy McElwee-Stevens and newcomers Katie Schwartz and Sharon H. Van Leer defeated ten challengers to win the four at-large seats with full terms, including incumbent David G. Kemper. Incumbent Laurie Johnson defeated Susan Richardson and David W. Firkus to win an at-large seat with an unexpired two-year term.

About the district

See also: South Washington County Schools, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools is located in Washington County, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools is located in Washington 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.[1]

Demographics

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Washington County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 88.2 85.3
Black or African American 4.0 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 5.3 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 2.0 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 70,203 69,137
2008 70,277 64,334
2004 61,395 65,751
2000 49,637 51,502




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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The South Washington County 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. Five seats were on the ballot in 2013. One of those seats was a special election for a two-year term.[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]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Tracy Brunnette
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota
    • Sales management assistant, American Family Insurance
  • David G. Kemper
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Villanova University
    • Network technician, CenturyLink
  • Katy McElwee-Stevens
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota
    • Paraprofessional, Newport Elementary School
  • Molly Lutz
    • President, Woodbury Middle School PTO
  • Sharon H. Van Leer
    • Graduate, Metropolitan State University
    • Multicultural specialist, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Raj Gandhi
    • Graduate, Iowa State University
    • Engineer, Medtronic
  • Michael P. Edman
    • Graduate, William Mitchell College of Law
    • Attorney, Edman Law Office
  • Safiyyah Cummings
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota
    • Human resources professional, Saint Jude Medical

  • Laurie Johnson
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Iowa State University
    • Strategic account manager, Thomson Reuters

Election results

South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKatie Schwartz 11.5% 3,239
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy Brunnette Incumbent 10.6% 2,990
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaty McElwee-Stevens Incumbent 9.4% 2,648
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon H. Van Leer 8.7% 2,464
     Nonpartisan Molly Lutz 8.7% 2,458
     Nonpartisan David G. Kemper Incumbent 8% 2,267
     Nonpartisan Mike Thissen 6.7% 1,900
     Nonpartisan Michael P. Edman 6.7% 1,880
     Nonpartisan Raj Gandhi 6.4% 1,803
     Nonpartisan Frederick E. Hess 5.9% 1,679
     Nonpartisan Leilani Holmstadt 5.5% 1,567
     Nonpartisan Wayne A. Johnson 5.5% 1,541
     Nonpartisan John P. Griffin, II 4.7% 1,323
     Nonpartisan Safiyyah Cummings 1.2% 339
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 163
Total Votes 28,261
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


South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaurie Johnson Incumbent 51.2% 3,873
     Nonpartisan Susan Richardson 32.8% 2,484
     Nonpartisan David W. Firkus 15.3% 1,158
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 47
Total Votes 7,562
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 833 - South Washington County," accessed December 18, 2013

Endorsements

Sharon H. Van Leer received an endorsement for her campaign from former district superintendent Tom Nelson.[6] Leilani Holmstadt and Susan Richardson endorsed each other's candidacies.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $5,554.04 and spent a total of $5,607.14 during the election, according to South Washington County Schools.[8] David G. Kemper, Frederick E. Hess, Katie Schwartz, John P. Griffin, Raj Gandhi, Mike Thissen, Wayne A. Johnson, Michael P. Edman, Safiyyah Cummings, Laurie Johnson and David W. Firkus were not required to submit campaign finance reports since they raised and spent less than $750 each in 2013.[9] These numbers therefore do not include any contributions to or expenditures by these eleven candidates.

In the at-large race for four-year terms, candidates received a total of $4,113.62 and spent a total of $4,166.72.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tracy Brunnette $0.00 $127.98 -$127.98
David G. Kemper $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Katy McElwee-Stevens $0.00 $136.15 -$136.15
Frederick E. Hess $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Katie Schwartz $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
John P. Griffin, II $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Molly Lutz $1,183.00 $967.95 $215.05
Leilani Holmstadt $1,098.00 $1,107.98 -$9.98
Sharon H. Van Leer $1,832.62 $1,826.66 $5.96
Raj Gandhi $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mike Thissen $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Wayne A. Johnson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Michael P. Edman $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Safiyyah Cummings $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the at-large race for a two-year term, Susan Richardson received a total of $1,440.42 and spent a total of $1,440.42.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Laurie Johnson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Susan Richardson $1,440.42 $1,440.42 $0.00
David W. Firkus $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the South Washington County 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 shared the ballot with other municipal elections and three school referendums. Question 1 passed and renewed the existing $180.35 per pupil property tax set to expire in 2013 for a ten year span and the $62.53 per pupil property tax set to expire in 2014 for a nine year span. Question 2 passed and increased the per pupil property tax to $337.00 per pupil for a ten year span beginning in 2014. Question 3 would have authorized the district to issue bonds up to $8 million in order to fund an acquisition and construction project, but it was narrowly rejected.[10]

See also

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