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. She chaired a successful education levy referendum committee in Duluth in 2003 and served on the Duluth school board from 2006 to 2009.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
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.
|Duluth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Henry L. Banks||15.5%||4,753|
|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|
|Nonpartisan||Henry L. Banks||16.4%||1,926|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
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.
|Duluth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Cameron Incumbent||24.1%||8,960|
|Nonpartisan||Nancy Nilsen Incumbent||22.4%||8,308|
|Source: Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, "Results for Selected School District Contests," accessed October 28, 2013|
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."
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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- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board Voter Guide," accessed October 28, 2013
- Nancy Nilsen, Budgeteer News, "Candidate view - Duluth School Board - Nancy Nilsen," October 26, 2013
- LinkedIn, "Nancy Nilsen," accessed October 28, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 2013
- womenwinning, "School Board Members," 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