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Art Johnston
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Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 4
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember, 2009
Next generalNovember, 2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Wisconsin, Superior
OtherMichigan Technological University
Personal
ProfessionEngineer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Art Johnston campaign logo
Art Johnston is the District 4 member of the Duluth school board. Johnston was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won re-election in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Art Johnston resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Johnston earned his first B.S. degree in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and earned his second B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. During his career as a structural engineer, he worked for the federal government. Johnston currently serves as the president of the Duluth branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers in addition to consulting with the state and federal governments.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Art Johnston defeated David Bolgrien to win the District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Johnston and Bolgrien defeated Justin Perpich in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election.

Results

Duluth Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Johnston Incumbent 54% 1,796
     Nonpartisan David Bolgrien 45.7% 1,518
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 11
Total Votes 3,325
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 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bolgrien 37.6% 463
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Johnston Incumbent 33.4% 411
     Nonpartisan Justin Perpich 28.9% 356
Total Votes 1,230
Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013

Funding

Art Johnston reported $1,537.00 in contributions and $2,364.00 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with $827.00 in debt.[2]

Endorsements

Art Johnston did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2009

Duluth Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArt Johnston 52.6% 1,972
     Nonpartisan Laura Condon Incumbent 47.2% 1,770
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 10
Total Votes 3,752
Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 29, 2013

Campaign themes

Johnston's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[3]

It is not good enough to say that we have to eliminate the achievement gap, lower class sizes, and raise our graduation rates—we have to do something about it. And we have to understand budgets. We have gone from a $25 million reserve fund to only $1 million this year. We are very close to bankruptcy.

So we have the worst of two worlds: we have raised local taxes repeatedly; and we still have large classes sizes, academic and financial problems.

I’m the only person on the board who questions why we have gotten to this point, the only one that understands the problems, and the only one that has solutions.

I bring honesty and I listen to the people I represent—be they students, staff, or taxpayers.

I want to be on a school board that gives leadership. I have the courage to ask questions; the courage to listen, and the courage to take action.

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.[4]

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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[5]
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.[6]

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