Sarah Johansen

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Sarah Johansen
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Board Member, Wayzata School Board, At-large
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Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKalamazoo College
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
ProfessionAdjunct professor
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Sarah Johansen is an at-large member of the Wayzata school board. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Sarah Johansen resides in Plymouth, Minnesota with her husband and their three children. Johansen earned her Bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College and her Master's degree in Management of Human Service Organizations and Clinical Social Work from the University of Michigan.[1] Johansen is employed as an adjunct professor at Augsburg College, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. She also serves as the acting director for a local university's youth development program for children in grades 4 through 8.[2]



See also: Wayzata Public Schools elections (2013)


Sarah Johansen ran against eight fellow newcomers and won one of three vacant at-large school board seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Wayzata Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChris McCullough 21.9% 1,607
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSarah Johansen 21% 1,539
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndrea Cuene 15.2% 1,112
     Nonpartisan Ted Victor 13.4% 981
     Nonpartisan Dan Haugen 12.2% 894
     Nonpartisan Derek Diesen 6.6% 486
     Nonpartisan David A. Lloyd 3.7% 268
     Nonpartisan Bill Pritchard 2.9% 215
     Nonpartisan Phil Napier 2.7% 200
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 29
Total Votes 7,331
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 284 - Wayzata," accessed December 18, 2013


Sarah Johansen reported $5,676.00 in contributions and $5,675.67 in expenditures to Wayzata Public Schools, which left her campaign with $0.33 on hand.[3]


Sarah Johansen received endorsements for her campaign from former Wayzata school board Chairs Pat Gleason and Greg Rye.[4]

Campaign themes

In an interview with Patch, Johansen listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[1]

My campaign-and if elected- my service on the Board, is grounded in building respect and trust with our community. I am dedicated to strengthening our curriculum so every student has the opportunity to participate in the classes and extra-curricular events of their choice. I am committed to a responsible use of tax payer dollars and fiscally prudent planning and spending. Finally, I believe in the excellence of our school and I want to get to work ensuring that we continue to offer a world class education for all students.


The biggest opportunity and challenge facing Wayzata is the growth of our resident population. We are fortunate to live in a school district that is known for excellence. Generations of families remain in Wayzata and new families look to buy homes in our district because of the schools. It is essential, even in the face of unprecedented growth, that we protect our commitment to small learning communities and broad based opportunities for every learner. As your school board member, I want to continue to challenge the administration to ensure that all students have individualized learning plans and access to the academic and extracurricular opportunities of their choice. I will also work to make sure that all students- from our highest to our middle and challenged learners- get the support they need to reach their greatest potential. Finally, we must keep pace with our ever changing global society so that every Wayzata graduate is prepared for the college or career of their choice.

What was at stake?

There were three seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. None of the three incumbents with expiring terms, including Board Chair Susan Jean Hayes Droegemueller, filed for re-election. Nine newcomers, Andrea Cuene, Derek Diesen, Dan Haugen, Sarah Johansen, David A. Lloyd, Chris McCullough, Phil Napier, Bill Pritchard and Ted Victor filed for the three open seats.

About the district

See also: Wayzata Public Schools, Minnesota
Wayzata Public Schools is located in Hennepin County, Minnesota
Wayzata Public 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.[5]


Hennepin County outperformed the rest of Minnesota in terms of its median rates of average household income and higher education achievement but underperformed in terms of its poverty rate in 2011. The median household income in Hennepin County was $62,966 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in Hennepin County was 12.3% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 44.7% of Hennepin County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 31.8% in Minnesota.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Hennepin County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 76.7 86.5
Black or African American 12.3 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.3
Asian 6.7 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.0 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 6.9 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
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.[7][8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Stefanie Briggs, Plymouth Patch, "Wayzata School Board Candidate: Sarah Johansen of Plymouth," October 15, 2013
  2. Vote Sarah Johansen for Wayzata Schoolboard, "Meet Sarah," accessed October 23, 2013
  3. Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from Wayzata Public Schools on January 3, 2014
  4. Vote Sarah Johansen for Wayzata Schoolboard, "What your neighbors are saying about Sarah...," accessed October 23, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," accessed October 14, 2013
  6. Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 14, 2013
  7. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  8. 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.