Annie Harala

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 21:26, 21 April 2014 by Daniel Anderson (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Annie Harala
Annie Harala.jpg
Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDuluth Central High School
Bachelor'sSaint Mary’s University of Minnesota
ProfessionRegional coordinator
Campaign website
Annie Harala campaign logo
Annie Harala is an at-large member of the Duluth school board. Harala won the general election on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



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
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


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.[2]


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.[3][4][5]

Campaign themes

Harala's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

The role of a school is to be a community center, let’s help them become that! I fully support the Community Schools Model, focused on supporting the whole-child from cradle-to-career.

I believe in an open dialogue around addressing the achievement gap, equity, and justice in our school system.

I am committed to transparency and community dialogue. We must expect fiscal accountability from our leaders and ensure that all decisions are truly in the best interest of our students.

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
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]


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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Annie + Harala + Duluth + Public + Schools"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Annie Harala News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Suggest a link