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Nov. 7:  Yes, there IS an election! Here’s a run down…

School Boards and referendums, City council seats – Tues. Nov. 7.  See what’s on your ballot >

Voting for the School Board Election

Be sure to vote in the November Eden Prairie School Board Election and Minnetonka City Council election November 7. It is important to elect local officials who share our values and you can make a difference when you vote. Many of you have been inquiring on who DFL SD48 supports for Eden Prairie School Board and Minnetonka City Council (the at Large seat).

The following candidates for Eden Prairie School Board have received Letters of Support from SD48 as well as support from local leaders like Councilman Ron Case:

Esra Riggs
Esra Riggs 
Esra Riggs — is an Associate Director of Controls and Risk Assessment at United Health Group with over 20 years of corporate and internal audit experience and an MBA with a finance concentration. She is also a mother of an 8-year- old in Eden Prairie schools who is very familiar with school programs and issues, volunteering in the classroom and library. Esra believes in a strong public school system that interacts and listens to parents and teachers and feels communication must be improved. She is behind a school system that serves all student’s needs, encourages diversity, is dedicated to closing learning gaps and that no child should be hungry at school. Esra and her husband feel that Eden Prairie can benefit from those who have seen other school systems.



Barbara West
Barbara West 
Barbara West — is a Presbyterian Pastor with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies and undergraduate degree in Business Management, spending 30+ years in the Corporate world. Barbara served on the Bloomington Youth Commission for 3 years and works with “at-risk” families in the Southwest Metro. Barbara believes Thomas Jefferson was right about public education being the cornerstone of Democracy and is for the “Designing Pathways” Program, hiring more teachers to reduce class size and ensuring all residents have a voice at the table. If elected she’d work to encourage more communication and voice for families and residents and investment in Eden Prairie schools as important to property values. Barbara raised 3 children and has experience with other school districts and wants youth to have a greater voice.


The following candidate for Eden Prairie School Board did not ask for SD48 support but shares our values and is also supported by Eden Prairie Councilman Ron Case:


Terri Swartout
Terri Swartout 
Terri Swartout — both of the candidates who received SD48 Letters of Support have met with her and believe she has a similar platform. Terri is a product of Eden Prairie schools and has three children currently in Eden Prairie Schools. She is a teacher with an MA in Teaching from St. Mary’s University, and a BS in Health Education/Community Education from St. Cloud State University. Terri is a School Health Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Education. She is running to bridge health and education, advancing education equity and giving youth a greater voice, including ensuring decisions are “young people focused”.



Minnetonka City Council at Large — the following candidate has received a letter of Support from SD48 and the other Senate Districts in the Minnetonka District:


Deb Calvert
Deb Calvert 


Deb Calvert — Deb is a strategic planning veteran and advocates smart growth; meeting changing needs while protecting Minnetonka natural resources. Her priority is public safety and as the wife of a retired firefighter, has a deep regard for public servants and supports the collaborative approach our fire and police departments use to strengthen our community. Deb backs our city leadership in supporting the Southwest Light Rail project that will bring jobs to our area and attract younger residents as well as relieving traffic congestion. She will work for better options for Senior transit. Deb will make decisions based on facts, constituent input, and community needs. Among her many endorsements and supporters are former Minnetonka Mayor, Karen Anderson, Jan Calliston, Hennepin County Commissioner and former Minnetonka Mayor, Shep Harris, Golden Valley Mayor, Amy Klobuchar, Mn US Senator, Jake Spano, St. Louis Park Mayor and many past and present Minnetonka planning Commissioners, State Senators, and State Representatives serving Minnetonka.



P.S. Folks, the GOP usually raises much more money through the PCR than the DFL does. Let’s change that NOW. Please chip in now – we’re counting on you! You can donate in 2017 and again in 2018.

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November, 2013 Polling Locations

Voting-ArtworkIn Eden Prairie, the only items on the ballot will be for Eden Prairie School Board positions and a school funding referendum. In situations like this, precincts are combined into fewer polling locations.

To insure you find your polling location for voting, we’ve contacted Independent School District No. 272. Here’s a list of the polling locations and precincts voting at each location:

Eden Prairie Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 will be voting at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN.

Eden Prairie Precincts 4, 7, 8, 11 and 12 will be voting at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, MN.

Eden Prairie Precincts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 will be voting at Prairie Lutheran Church, 11000 Blossom Rd, Eden Prairie, MN.

Eden Prairie Precincts 9, 10, 18 and 19 will be voting at Grace Church, Pioneer Trail and Spring Hill Rd, Eden Prairie, MN.

For Minnetonka residents, you will be voting at your regular polling location.

Not certain what precinct you live in? Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Pollfinder website.


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