|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, South Washington County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Profession||Clinical laboratory scientist|
Susan Richardson has earned undergraduate degrees in both Biology and Microbiology. She began her career as an AP Biology teacher in Montana. In 1998, she moved to Minnesota and became certified as a medical technologist and clinical laboratory scientist, performing several clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies in both the United States and Canada before retiring in 1994 to focus on her family.
|South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Laurie Johnson Incumbent||51.2%||3,873|
|Nonpartisan||David W. Firkus||15.3%||1,158|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 833 - South Washington County," accessed December 18, 2013|
Susan Richardson reported $1,440.42 in contributions and $1,440.42 in expenditures to South Washington County Schools, which left her campaign with no debt or cash on hand.
In an interview with Patch, Richardson provided the following campaign themes:
Increased walking distances have negatively impacted many of the students and families in our district. When making transportation decisions, it is important to understand the hardships many families must endure and the added worry these decisions cause. Is it right that our students are forced to walk while our teachers and administrators have a $750,000 travel budget?
Nationalized programs, like Common Core, create a bureaucratic nightmare for parents, students and teachers by handing over local control of our schools to bureaucrats far removed from our classrooms. Educators need to respond quickly to the needs of the students they serve. Curriculum choices belong in the hands of local taxpayers.
You deserve a budget that discloses costs of specific education programs. A cost/benefit analysis is the only way to judge the effectiveness of programs offered by our schools. This analysis is not to be found in the budget matrix configured by an outside consultant.
Parents are concerned about the use of iPads in the classroom. The use of cutting edge technology implies cutting edge performance. In reality, it is critical thinking skills and hands on learning will unleash the creative and innovative power of our students and inspire them to ask bigger and better questions. This is the goal of a genuine education.
Rather than stepping into the future, let’s enable our children to leap forward by offering families something of value.
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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- Facebook, "About," accessed October 22, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Communications department of South Washington County Schools on January 3, 2014
- United for MN School District 833, "Susan Richardson," accessed October 22, 2013
- Kris Janisch, Woodbury Patch, "School Board Candidate Profile: Susan Richardson," October 20, 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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