Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public 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
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools
Dakota County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
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Three seats on the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Art Coulson, Gary Huusko and Mike Roseen defeated challenger Craig Angrimson to keep the three at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota
Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools is located in Dakota County, Minnesota. The county seat of Dakota County is Hastings, Minnesota. According to the 2010 United States Census, Dakota County is home to 405,088 residents.[1]


Dakota 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 Dakota County was $73,723 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Dakota County was 6.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 38.8% of Dakota County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.4% in Minnesota.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Dakota County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 87.0 85.3
Black or African American 5.2 5.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 4.7 4.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 116,255 109,516
2008 116,778 104,364
2004 104,635 108,959
2000 85,446 87,250

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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan 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.[4]

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.[5]





  • Art Coulson
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Duke University
    • Owner, Redbird Media & Design
  • Gary Huusko
    • Incumbent
    • Lawyer, Severson, Sheldon, Dougherty & Molenda

  • Craig Angrimson
    • President, Local 35 International Union of Operating Engineers

Election results

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Roseen Incumbent 30.1% 12,138
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Huusko Incumbent 26.3% 10,616
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Coulson Incumbent 24.3% 9,811
     Nonpartisan Craig Angrimson 17.8% 7,199
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 1.5% 587
Total Votes 40,351
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 196 - Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan," accessed December 18, 2013


Craig Angrimson received endorsements for his campaign from the following organizations:[6]

  • IUOE local 49
  • IUOE local 70
  • Carpenters local 322
  • IBEW local 110
  • IAM LL459
  • Teamsters local 120

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $1,350.00 and spent a total of $1,669.19 during the election, according to the district office.[7] State law does not require campaign finance reporting if contributions or expenditures do not exceed $750 in a calendar year.[8]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Craig Angrimson $1,350.00 $1,669.19 -$319.19
Art Coulson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Gary Huusko $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mike Roseen $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Board Clerk Gary Huusko, Treasurer Art Coulson and fellow incumbent Mike Roseen sought and won re-election. They faced only one challenger, Craig Angrimson, for the three seats.


Budget cuts

Since the 2009-10 school year, the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan district administration has cut $34 million from its budget in response to a decline in the growth rate of state K-12 education funding. These cuts resulted in the loss of more than 200 staff and widespread pay freezes for remaining employees. Voters rejected a levy referendum in 2010 that would have increased local funding for Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan, which left the district reliant on its 2005 levy that expires in 2016. There was a new levy referendum on the November 5, 2013 ballot that would allow the district to maintain its current spending levels without requiring additional cuts, which passed.[9] On September 9, 2013, the school board and the Dakota County United Educators union agreed to a new salary schedule for district employees that provides a two percent raise in each step of the salary schedule and an increase in the district's benefit contributions. The previous salary schedule had not been adjusted for four years due to the financial difficulties experienced by the district.[10]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools election in 2013:[5]

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 other municipal elections and a school district referendum, which passed.[11] This referendum replaced the district's existing levy at the current rate of $1,111.00 per pupil with a new rate of $1,486 per pupil, which will last for a ten year span. For the average homeowner in the community, this tax increase will cost approximately $56 more per year.[12]

See also

External links

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