Terrance Bushard

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Terrance Bushard
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Saint Paul School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCretin High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
ProfessionSmall business owner
Terrance Bushard was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Saint Paul school board. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Saint Paul Public Schools elections (2013)


Terrance Bushard and Greg Copeland lost to incumbents Jean O'Connell and John Brodrick and fellow newcomer Chue Vue for the three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


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


Terrance Bushard reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ramsey County Election Office.[2]


Terrance Bushard did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

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.[1]

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
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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[4]
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.[5]

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