Terrance Bushard graduated from Cretin High School in 1967 and earned his Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Minnesota in 1979. From 1983 to 2003, Bushard worked full-time in the printing industry. Since 2003, he has maintained his own print sales business and has served as the webmaster for the American Voter's Association.
|Saint Paul Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Jean O'Connell Incumbent||29.3%||19,621|
|Nonpartisan||John Brodrick Incumbent||24.6%||16,449|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 625 - St. Paul," accessed December 18, 2013|
Terrance Bushard reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ramsey County Election Office.
Terrance Bushard did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In a survey conducted by a local online newspaper, Bushard stated that his sole reason for running for school board was a desire to create and teach a course named "Truth About Politics" to the district's high school seniors. According to Bushard, the course would teach students "[...]that politics is, among other things, an on-going process though which financial advantages and disadvantages are distributed throughout society." Bushard further explained that the course would highlight the size of the national debt held by the federal government and the importance of civic engagement to require accountability of elected officials.
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.
About the district
- See also: Saint Paul Public Schools, Minnesota
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.
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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- Paige Elliott, Twin Cities Daily Planet, "St. Paul school board candidates answer your questions here!," September 19, 2013
- Ramsey County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Reports - 2013," accessed December 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Ramsey 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