There are seven candidates for three Hopkins School Board positions up for election this year. This feature looks at incumbent Warren Goodroad.
What previous political experience do you have (including other governmental positions you’ve held, whether elected, appointed or volunteer)?
I have served on the Hopkins School Board for four years and have been the Vice-chair and sat on numerous committees including the School Policy Monitoring Committee, Educational Service Advisory Committee, Audit Committee, and the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee and others. I have worked at the local and state level of government.
What other relevant experience do you have?
I am a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and have served in many leadership positions including the President of the Foundation. I have coached as a volunteer for many years in basketball, baseball, and soccer.
What is your occupation?
I am a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and work in the financial planning field.
Where did you go to school?
I have a BA from Hamline University in Economics and American Studies. My MBA in Finance is from the University of Minnesota.
How old are you? My age is 59.
Do you have a spouse, children or any other family members you’d like to tell voters about?
Married to Karen for 32 years. She is an advanced practice nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center. We have four children, Kent, Chad, Katie, and Anne (all our children did their elementary and secondary education at Hopkins. Our youngest is currently a junior at Hopkins High School.) Two of our children were Rotary Exchange students and we have hosted several exchange students. Two of our children have taught English abroad.
What are your campaign goals? What issues are you most focused on? Why should voters choose you?It has been an honor to serve on the Hopkins School Board for the past four years, I have tried to consider carefully all the issues that have come before the Board and vote for what I think is best for the children and residents of the district. I have sought ways to strengthen our current programs, worked to build new opportunities for high quality educational classes, and maintained our fiscal integrity throughout the process. We have also implemented new technologies in the classroom and improved safety and security in our schools. With my experience as a Board officer, I believe I am well positioned to build on these accomplishments during the next four years.