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Tim Laurie

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Tim Laurie
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Eden Prairie School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sMinneapolis Community and Technical College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities
OtherMinnesota School of Computer Imaging
ProfessionWeb developer
Campaign website
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Tim Laurie was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Eden Prairie school board. He did not win a seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Tim Laurie resides in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Laurie received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities before attending the Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Minnesota School of Computer Imaging. He began his career as a production director at Funco from 1993 to 1997 before joining Anagram International from 1997 to 2008 as a technical artist. Laurie has spent five years as a web developer, first with Exact Software and now with Starkey Labs.[1]



See also: Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)


Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud lost to Ranee Jacobus, Elaine Larabee and Holly Link in their bids to win one of three at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Eden Prairie Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Larabee 24.8% 4,237
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRanee Jacobus Incumbent 23% 3,920
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHolly Link 21.9% 3,733
     Nonpartisan Tim Laurie 19.6% 3,350
     Nonpartisan Murshid Barud 10% 1,712
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.7% 127
Total Votes 17,079
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 272 - Eden Prairie," accessed December 18, 2013


Laurie reported $5,272.00 in contributions and $3,256.00 in expenditures to the district office, which left his campaign with $2,016.00 in cash on hand.[2]


Tim Laurie did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

In interview with PrairieHOMEliving, Laurie listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

I believe a well-funded public school system is one of the biggest assets a community can possess. I don’t mind limited competition in the form of charter schools and open enrollment. I think it is reasonable for parents to have options when thinking of their children’s education, but the community, school board and administration, working together should strive to make their public schools something to be proud of and the best, obvious choice for residents. I do not support vouchers or tax credits because I see those ideas as fundamentally undermining the public school system.


I strongly support Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and all-day Kindergarten. As a family, we were fortunate to be able to provide both options for our daughters. As they now enter 5th and 7th grade I am convinced that early foundation is now playing a role in their academic success. I am so pleased that all-day Kindergarten is now available to all of Minnesota. This is good for kids and a financial break for those who would have otherwise paid out-of-pocket. I would like to see the state continue in this direction and also provide ECFE classes and preschool for all. I believe there are great social and economic returns for communities that make this investment.


I do not think student test scores should be the sole factor in determining a teacher’s performance. That can lead to a stifling of creativity in the classroom, teaching only to the test and perhaps even cheating in some districts. Mandated national testing may be an overreach, but as a parent I would like some way to know how my children, and their peers in the district, perform compared to others in the state, in the nation and even globally. I think standardized testing is just one tool in the toolbox. I would like to work with parents, teachers, and administrators to explore other solutions for evaluating student and teacher performance. If national testing is obligatory by law or required for funding, then so be it. We owe it to ourselves to maximize all funding from grants and National sources.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent board Chair Ranee Jacobus sought re-election, while fellow incumbents Suzanne Kutina and Chuck Mueller did not file for re-election. Jacobus competed with newcomers Holly Link, Elaine Larabee, Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud for the three seats.

About the district

See also: Eden Prairie Schools, Minnesota
Eden Prairie Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Eden Prairie Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The county seat of Hennepin County is Minneapolis. According to the 2010 United States Census, Hennepin County is home to 1,184,576 residents.[4]


Eden Prairie 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 Eden Prairie was $91,711 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Eden Prairie was 5.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 60.5% of Eden Prairie residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Eden Prairie (%) Minnesota (%)
White 81.7 85.3
Black or African American 5.6 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 1.1
Asian 9.2 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 423,982 240,073
2008 420,958 231,054
2004 383,841 255,133
2000 307,599 225,657

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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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