|Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Bachelor's||St. Cloud State University|
|Profession||Child care provider|
Rosie Loeffler-Kemp resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Loeffler-Kemp earned her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from St. Cloud State University, and she is currently studying to earn her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She spent 25 years working with Clean Water Action as an organizer. From 2006 to 2009, Loeffler-Kemp served as the president of the Minnesota PTA state board. She is currently employed as a licensed child care provider.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Rosie Loeffler-Kemp defeated Joseph Matthes to win the District 1 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Matthes and Kemp defeated Marcia Stromgren in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election.
|Duluth Public Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|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, District 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013 (dead link)|
Rosie Loeffler-Kemp reported $3,900.00 in contributions and $3,829.57 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left her campaign with $70.43 on hand.
In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Martell argued that there was one significant issue facing the school district:
Meeting the needs of all children with limited resources. A strong community needs a fully funded public school system. As a community leader on education and school issues and a parent of children educated in ISD 709, I know we have excellent school staff. Community support is critical for strong schools.
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board District 1 Voter Guide," accessed October 28, 2013 (timed out)
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 2013
- Facebook, "Rosie For Duluth School Board," accessed October 29, 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
- 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.