Greg Copeland

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Greg Copeland
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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
Prior offices
Maplewood City Manager
2006 - 2008
Bachelor'sSaint Leo University
ProfessionPolitical activist
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Greg Copeland 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. Copeland was also a Republican candidate in the April 11, 2011 special election for Minnesota State Senate, District 66. Copeland ran to fill the vacancy created when Ellen Anderson (DFL) resigned to serve as chair of the Public Utilities Commission. Copeland also ran unsuccessfully for the seat in the general election.


Greg Copeland earned his B.A. in Political Science from Saint Leo University in 1976.[1] From 1987 to 1992, Copeland owned and operated the General Lines Insurance Agency.[1] Since 1993, he has managed the Liberty Resources Corporation, which he also founded.[1] Copeland serves as the Chair of the St. Paul Republican Party Committee.[2] From 2006 to 2008, he also served as the City Manager of Maplewood.[1]



See also: Saint Paul Public Schools elections (2013)


Greg Copeland and Terrance Bushard 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


Greg Copeland reported no contributions or expenditures to the Ramsey County Election Office.[3]


Greg Copeland received an endorsement for his campaign from the Saint Paul Republicans, which he leads.[4]


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Copeland was defeated by Mary Jo McGuire (D) in the April 12, 2011 election.[5][6]


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Copeland had no opponent in the primary. He was defeated by incumbent Ellen Anderson (DFL) in the general election.

Campaign themes


In a candidate forum hosted by the Minnesota Achievement Gap Committee and the League of Women Voters, Copeland acknowledged that the student achievement gap in the school district represented a problem but argued that it was caused by poverty instead of racial inequities.[7]


Copeland's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • Freeze Property Taxes Now: "When home values are falling and commercial buildings are empty, county and city spending must be kept under control A recession requires that citizens of diminished economic capacity be respected. In St. Paul annual property tax increases must end. Bottom line: The size and scope of government must be reduced."
  • Vikings Stadium: "I believe that in hard times professional sports must pay their own way. I oppose public funding for new Vikings' and Saints' Stadiums."
  • Central Corridor: "I am opposed to Light Rail on University Avenue. Saint Paul, Ramsey County, the Met Council and our local legislative delegation have failed to mitigate the impact of the construction on University Avenue businesses. If things keep going the way they are, the only businesses left on University will be the big box retailers."
  • Cap College Tuition Now: "State Universities and Colleges need a permanent four year tuition cap that follows a student as they complete their degree."
  • Student Loan Tax Credit: "Minnesota needs a Student Loan Tax Credit to keep our Minnesota College graduates from leaving our state."
  • Education: "I support the GOP majority's efforts to target funding to close the achievement gap. I also fully support charter schools and tuition vouchers to low income children..."
  • Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: "We need to eliminate barriers to economic growth. We can attract new investment to create 75,000 New Private Sector Minnesota jobs over the next two years...I support the bold, new Jobs Tax Credit that provides an incentive to qualified businesses to hire new employees and reduce their tax burden at the same time."
  • Fix The Budget: "A no new taxes budget simply means living within our means. We cannot burden families with new taxes during this national economic crisis. A no new taxes budget means setting realistic priorities. Government can't do everything, and what it does can be done better and at less cost."

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.[9]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
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[10]
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[11][12]

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