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Joshua Bixby
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionSeptember 10, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota
ProfessionPlanning analyst
(dead link) Campaign website
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Joshua Bixby was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Duluth school board. Bixby did not receive enough votes in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



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
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 (dead link)


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.[2]


Joshua Bixby did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

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."[3]

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.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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