Eden Prairie Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Eden Prairie Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Eden Prairie Schools
Hennepin County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
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Three seats on the Eden Prairie Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Ranee Jacobus and newcomers Holly Link and Elaine Larabee defeated Tim Laurie and Murshid Barud to win the three at-large 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.[1]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
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[3]
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 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.[4][5]

Method of board member selection

The Eden Prairie school board consists of seven members elected to four-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Three seats were on the ballot in 2013.[6]

Candidates began filing affidavits of candidacy on July 30. The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was August 13.[7]





  • Ranee Jacobus
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of St. Thomas
    • Corporate banker
  • Holly Link
    • Graduate, Loyola Marymount University
    • Strategic training developer and project manager, Medica
  • Elaine Larabee
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
    • Tax accountant

  • Tim Laurie
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    • Web developer, Starkey Labs

Election results

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


Holly Link and Murshid Barud received endorsements from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 284.[8][9]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $16,541.34 and spent a total of $13,400.58 during the election, according to the district office.[10] State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.[11]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Ranee Jacobus $0.00 $600.00 -$600.00
Holly Link $4,375.00 $4,275.00 $100.00
Elaine Larabee $3,850.00 $2,982.15 $867.85
Tim Laurie $5,272.00 $3,256.00 $2,016.00
Murshid Barud $3,044.34 $2,287.43 $756.91

Past elections

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Eden Prairie Schools election in 2013:[7]

Deadline Event
July 30, 2013 First day to file affidavits of candidacy
August 13, 2013 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election only shared the ballot with two school district referendums. Question 1, which failed, would have replaced the existing operating levy of $1,306 per pupil unit with a new levy of $2,269 per pupil unit, beginning with the 2014-15 school year. Question 2, which passed, renewed the current capital projects and technology levy of 6.52845% for ten years, beginning with the 2015-16 school year.[12]

See also

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