Henry L. Banks

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Henry L. Banks
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Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSt. Joseph Central Senior High School
ProfessionRadio host
Campaign website
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Henry L. Banks was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Duluth school board. Banks received enough votes to pass through the September 10 primary election but lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Henry Banks resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Banks graduated from St. Joseph Central Senior High School in Missouri. He founded Clayton Jackson McGhie Inc. and spent eight years serving on the Duluth planning board. In addition to his work as a community activist and organizer, Banks hosts the radio show "People of Color" on 91.3 FM KUWS and 90.9 WUWS.[1]



See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)


Henry Banks and Nancy Nilsen lost to Annie Harala and Harry Welty in their bids to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Banks and the other candidates defeated Joshua Bixby and Loren Martell in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election.


Duluth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnie Harala 36.1% 11,064
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Welty 24.9% 7,648
     Nonpartisan Nancy Nilsen 22.7% 6,966
     Nonpartisan Henry L. Banks 15.5% 4,753
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 241
Total Votes 30,672
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, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnie Harala 25.8% 3,028
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry Welty 19.1% 2,246
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Nilsen 17.6% 2,073
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHenry L. Banks 16.4% 1,926
     Nonpartisan Loren Martell 10.9% 1,283
     Nonpartisan Joshua Bixby 10.1% 1,190
Total Votes 11,746
Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013


Henry Banks reported $706.39 in contributions and $706.39 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with no debt or cash on hand.[2]


Henry Banks received endorsements for his campaign from the Duluth Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Duluth Black Professionals Network.[3][4]

Campaign themes

Banks' campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[5]

Equitable Education for ALL - Creating equitable opportunities that meet the changing needs of our diverse population in order to close the persistent and prevalent achievement gap.

Accountability & Transparency - Utilizing the “Love and Logic” philosophy, using transparency in students’ educational goals and needs, addressing financial solvency issues to ensure quality educational opportunities.

Business to School Relationships - Developing business mentorships and collaborations for each school and encouraging staff from various businesses to assist ISD 709 by providing service and support to students and staff.

Classroom Instruction - Reducing the student-to-teacher ratio, supporting the inclusion of additional elective courses options for our children, urging curriculum review and improvement to meet changing employment opportunities.

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
Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools is located in St. Louis County, Minnesota. The county seat of St. Louis County is Duluth. According to the 2010 United States Census, St. Louis County is home to 200,319 residents.[6]


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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race St. Louis County (%) Minnesota (%)
White 93.0 86.5
Black or African American 1.5 5.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 2.3 1.3
Asian 1.0 4.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 1.3 4.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 73,378 39,131
2008 77,351 38,742
2004 77,958 40,112
2000 64,237 35,420

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.[8]

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