Greg Copeland earned his B.A. in Political Science from Saint Leo University in 1976. From 1987 to 1992, Copeland owned and operated the General Lines Insurance Agency. Since 1993, he has managed the Liberty Resources Corporation, which he also founded. Copeland serves as the Chair of the St. Paul Republican Party Committee. From 2006 to 2008, he also served as the City Manager of Maplewood.
|Saint Paul Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Jean O'Connell Incumbent||29.3%||19,621|
|Nonpartisan||John Brodrick Incumbent||24.6%||16,449|
|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.
Greg Copeland received an endorsement for his campaign from the Saint Paul Republicans, which he leads.
- 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.
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.
Copeland's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Project Vote Smart, "Greg Copeland's Biography," accessed October 23, 2013
- Joe Kimball, MinnPost, "St. Paul GOP still waiting for news on possible candidates for mayor and school board," April 17, 2013
- Ramsey County, Minnesota, "Campaign Finance Reports - 2013," accessed December 27, 2013
- Saint Paul Republicans, "St Paul Candidates," accessed October 23, 2013
- Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune, "Seven candidates file to replace MN Sen. Ellen Anderson (Updated)," March 15, 2011
- KARE 11, "Former state lawmaker Mary Jo McGuire wins primary," March 30, 2011
- Mila Koumpilova, TwinCities.com, "St. Paul school board candidates agree on problems, but not on fixes," October 17, 2013
- Greg Copeland for Senate, "About," accessed June 22, 2010
- United States Census Bureau, "Ramsey County, Minnesota," accessed October 15, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 15, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014