|Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 2009|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Superior|
|Other||Michigan Technological University|
Art Johnston resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Johnston earned his first B.S. degree in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and earned his second B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. During his career as a structural engineer, he worked for the federal government. Johnston currently serves as the president of the Duluth branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers in addition to consulting with the state and federal governments.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Art Johnston defeated David Bolgrien to win the District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Johnston and Bolgrien defeated Justin Perpich in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election.
|Duluth Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Art Johnston Incumbent||54%||1,796|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected Contests in School District No. 709 - Duluth," accessed December 18, 2013|
|Duluth Public Schools, District 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Art Johnston Incumbent||33.4%||411|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
Art Johnston reported $1,537.00 in contributions and $2,364.00 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with $827.00 in debt.
Art Johnston did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Duluth Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Laura Condon Incumbent||47.2%||1,770|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 29, 2013|
Johnston's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
It is not good enough to say that we have to eliminate the achievement gap, lower class sizes, and raise our graduation rates—we have to do something about it. And we have to understand budgets. We have gone from a $25 million reserve fund to only $1 million this year. We are very close to bankruptcy.
So we have the worst of two worlds: we have raised local taxes repeatedly; and we still have large classes sizes, academic and financial problems.
I’m the only person on the board who questions why we have gotten to this point, the only one that understands the problems, and the only one that has solutions.
I bring honesty and I listen to the people I represent—be they students, staff, or taxpayers.
I want to be on a school board that gives leadership. I have the courage to ask questions; the courage to listen, and the courage to take action.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. The only incumbent who filed for re-election was District 4 member Art Johnston, who faced challenger David Bolgrien and who defeated Justin Perpich in the primary election. District 1 incumbent Ann Wasson did not file for the election, which left her seat vacant for candidates Joseph Matthes and Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, both of whom defeated Marcia Stromgren in the primary. Neither at-large members Mary Cameron or Tom Kasper ran for re-election, so two newcomers won their seats. Neither Joshua Bixby nor Loren Martell received enough votes to proceed to the general election, where Annie Harala, Henry L. Banks, Harry Welty and Nancy Nilsen competed for the seats.
About the district
- See also: Duluth Public Schools, Minnesota
St. Louis County underperformed in comparison to 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 St. Louis County was $45,399 compared to $58,476 for the state of Minnesota. The poverty rate in St. Louis County was 16.0% compared to 11.0% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 25.5% of St. Louis 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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Truth in Duluth, "Art Johnston," accessed October 29, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 2013
- Truth in Duluth, "School Board Elections 2013!," accessed October 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "St. Louis County, Minnesota," accessed October 24, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Election Results and Statistics," accessed October 24, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014