|Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
|Ph.D.||University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee|
David Bolgrien resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Bolgrien earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is employed as a research biologist by the Environmental Protection Agency. He volunteers at Laura MacArthur and Lincoln Park elementary schools and Denfeld High School.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
David Bolgrien is challenging incumbent Art Johnston 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.
|Duluth Public Schools, District 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Art Johnston Incumbent||33.4%||411|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
As of October 28, no 2013 campaign donations or expenditures for David Bolgrien have been reported to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Bolgrien argued that there is one significant issue facing the school district:
We must increase student achievement. Success is measured by increased enrollment, graduation rates, test scores and school rankings. Underperforming students must be made proficient. High-performing students must be continually challenged. Our graduates must be competitive in college, employment and life. This will help win back students to the district.
What's at stake?
There are 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 is facing challenger David Bolgrien and and who defeated Justin Perpich in the primary. District 1 incumbent Ann Wasson did not file for the election, leaving her seat vacant to Joseph Matthes or Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, both of whom defeated Marcia Stromgren in the primary. Neither at-large members Mary Cameron or Tom Kasper are running for re-election, so two newcomers will win 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 will compete for the seats.
About the district
- See also: Duluth Public Schools, Minnesota
St. Louis County underperformed 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 US Census 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.
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- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board Voter Guide," accessed October 29, 2013
- Duluth News Tribune, "Our view: Our picks in Duluth and St. Louis County elections," October 27, 2013
- Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, "Contributions to a Specific Candidate or to Candidates that Meet a Criteria," accessed October 28, 2013
- Facebook, "Dave Bolgrien," 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