David G. Kemper

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David G. Kemper
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Board Member, South Washington County School Board, At-large
Former member
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sConcordia College
Master'sVillanova University
ProfessionNetwork technician
Office website
David G. Kemper was an at-large member of the South Washington County school board. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and he lost his re-election bid on November 5, 2013.


David Kemper earned his B.A. in Management and Economics from Concordia College before receiving a Master's degree in Information Technology from Villanova University. Kemper has spent fifteen years employed by CenturyLink as a network technician.[1]



See also: South Washington County Schools elections (2013)


David Kemper unsuccessfully ran against 13 other candidates in his attempt to win one of four at-large seats with four-year terms in the general election on November 5, 2013.


South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKatie Schwartz 11.5% 3,239
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy Brunnette Incumbent 10.6% 2,990
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaty McElwee-Stevens Incumbent 9.4% 2,648
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon H. Van Leer 8.7% 2,464
     Nonpartisan Molly Lutz 8.7% 2,458
     Nonpartisan David G. Kemper Incumbent 8% 2,267
     Nonpartisan Mike Thissen 6.7% 1,900
     Nonpartisan Michael P. Edman 6.7% 1,880
     Nonpartisan Raj Gandhi 6.4% 1,803
     Nonpartisan Frederick E. Hess 5.9% 1,679
     Nonpartisan Leilani Holmstadt 5.5% 1,567
     Nonpartisan Wayne A. Johnson 5.5% 1,541
     Nonpartisan John P. Griffin, II 4.7% 1,323
     Nonpartisan Safiyyah Cummings 1.2% 339
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 163
Total Votes 28,261
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 833 - South Washington County," accessed December 18, 2013 and Scott Wente, South Washington County Bulletin, "Recount confirms Van Leer District 833 School Board victory," November 22, 2013


David Kemper reported no contributions or expenditures to South Washington County Schools.[2]


David Kemper did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


South Washington County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Kemper 13.8% 1,614
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTracy Brunnette Incumbent 13.5% 1,579
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaurie Johnson 12.4% 1,453
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarsha C. Adou Incumbent 11.9% 1,391
     Nonpartisan Edward Nowak 11.6% 1,356
     Nonpartisan Alberder Gillespie 10.1% 1,184
     Nonpartisan Katy McElwee-Stevens 9.4% 1,100
     Nonpartisan Walt Lyszak 6% 707
     Nonpartisan Mike Thissen 5.1% 599
     Nonpartisan Gina Taft 2.9% 341
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 3.4% 401
Total Votes 11,725
Source: Washington County, Minnesota, "Election Summary Report," accessed October 22, 2013

Campaign themes

In an interview with the local newspaper, Kemper stated that his priority was to expand educational choices for district students by offering programs such as Advancement Via Individualized Distinction and Project Lead the Way and maintaining specialized schools such as Nuevas Fronteras and the Valley Crossing Community School.[3]

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 district

See also: South Washington County Schools, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools is located in Washington County, Minnesota
South Washington County Schools is located in Washington 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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Washington County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 88.2 85.3
Black or African American 4.0 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 5.3 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.0
Two or More Races 2.0 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 3.6 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 70,203 69,137
2008 70,277 64,334
2004 61,395 65,751
2000 49,637 51,502

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.[6]

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