Nancy Nilsen

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Nancy Nilsen
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Duluth School Board
2006 - 2009
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth
Master'sUniversity of Minnesota-Duluth
Personal
ProfessionChief deputy auditor
Nancy Nilsen was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Duluth school board. Nilsen received enough votes to pass through the September 10 primary election but lost in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Nancy Nilsen resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Nilsen earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and her M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and she currently serves as the chief deputy auditor for St. Louis County.[1] She chaired a successful education levy referendum committee in Duluth in 2003 and served on the Duluth school board from 2006 to 2009.[2][3]

Elections

2013

See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Nancy Nilsen and Henry L. Banks 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.

Results

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 (dead link)

Funding

Nancy Nilsen reported $3,985.00 in contributions and $3,735.00 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, but her additional loan obligations left her campaign with no cash on hand.[4]

Endorsements

Nancy Nilsen received endorsements for her campaign from womenwinning and Central Labor Body.[5][1]

2009

Duluth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Kasper 31.7% 11,757
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Cameron Incumbent 24.1% 8,960
     Nonpartisan Nancy Nilsen Incumbent 22.4% 8,308
     Nonpartisan Maureen Booth 21.5% 7,975
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 126
Total Votes 37,126
Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected School District Contests," accessed October 28, 2013

Campaign themes

In a profile submitted to the Duluth News Tribune, Nilsen argued that, "Our school district needs a leader with a financial background. A person who digs into problems, brings people together to find solutions and gets them implemented. It needs a positive person that supports the educational goals of our community. I have that experience and a wealth of knowledge and expertise on district issues."[2]

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]

Demographics

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8]

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