|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||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 lost to incumbent Art Johnston in his bid 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||54%||1,796|
|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|
|Nonpartisan||Art Johnston Incumbent||33.4%||411|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
David Bolgrien reported $2,204.42 in contributions and $2,840.87 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with $636.45 in debt.
David Bolgrien received endorsements for his campaign from the Duluth Federation of Teachers and the Duluth News Tribune. Former candidate Justin Perpich endorsed Bolgrien following his defeat in the September 10 primary election.
In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Bolgrien argued that there was 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 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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
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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
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 2013
- Facebook, "Dave Bolgrien," accessed October 29, 2013
- WDIO, "School Board Candidate Concedes, Backs Top Finisher," September 11, 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