|Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|High school||Duluth Central High School|
|Bachelor's||Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota|
Annie Harala resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Harala graduated from Duluth Central High School before earning her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and English from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and spending two years in the AmeriCorps teaching in Washington and Chicago, Illinois. She moved back to the Duluth area in 2008 and coordinated the True North AmeriCorps at the Duluth Area Family YMCA before joining the Carlton – Cook – Lake – St. Louis Community Health Board as a regional coordinator.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Annie Harala and Harry Welty defeated Nancy Nilsen and Henry L. Banks to win two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Harala and the other candidates also defeated Joshua Bixby and Loren Martell in the September 10 primary 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|
Annie Harala reported $5,333.00 in contributions and $3,817.19 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left her campaign with $1,515.81 on hand.
Annie Harala received endorsements for her campaign from the Duluth Federation of Teachers, Duluth Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Central Labor Body, AFSCME Minnesota Council 5, womenwinning and the Duluth News Tribune.
Harala's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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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- Annie Harala, "About Annie Harala," 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, "Our view / endorsement: For Duluth School Board: Harala and who?," October 22, 2013
- Annie Harala, "Home," accessed October 28, 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