|Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Johns Hopkins University|
|Master's||University of Minnesota|
Joshua Bixby resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Bixby earned a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University before receiving his M.S. in Natural Resources Science and Management from the University of Minnesota. He has spent his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a planning analyst in multiple states.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Joshua Bixby challenged fellow candidates Annie Harala, Harry Welty, Henry L. Banks and Nancy Nilsen to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Bixby and Loren Martell were defeated in the September 10 primary election and did not continue on to the general election.
|Duluth Public Schools, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Henry L. Banks||16.4%||1,926|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
Joshua Bixby reported $1,075.00 in contributions and $1,037.59 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with $37.41 on hand.
Joshua Bixby did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Bixby argued that the most significant issues facing the school district were a "Lack of confidence and public trust in the School Board and administration, which has created perception problems for the district that either drive students away or keep them from coming back after the bad publicity over the Red Plan. Lack of students drives lack of funding, which exacerbates current issues."
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Bixby for the Board, "About Me," accessed October 28, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 2013
- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board Voter Guide," accessed October 28, 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