Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Duluth Public Schools Elections

Primary Election date:
September 10, 2013
General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Minnesota
Duluth Public Schools
St. Louis County, Minnesota ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Minnesota
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Four seats on the Duluth Public Schools school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. A primary election was held on September 10, 2013. Annie Harala and former board member Harry Welty defeated Henry L. Banks and Nancy Nilsen to win the two at-large seats. Rosie Loeffler-Kemp defeated fellow newcomer Joseph Matthes for the District 1 seat, while incumbent Art Johnston kept the District 4 seat by overcoming David Bolgrien.

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.[1]

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.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
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[2]
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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Duluth school board consists of four members elected by geographic districts and three members elected at-large by the district as a whole to four-year terms. The primary election was held on September 10 and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Four seats were on the ballot in 2013.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

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  • Annie Harala
    • Graduate, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    • Regional coordinator, Carlton – Cook – Lake – St. Louis Community Health Board
  • Harry Welty
    • Graduate, Minnesota State University, Mankato
    • Retired, educator
  • Joshua Bixby
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota
    • Planning analyst, U.S. Forest Service

  • Joseph Matthes
    • Graduate, University of Minnesota, Duluth
    • Labor representative, AFSCME Council 65

  • Art Johnston
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin, Superior
    • Engineer
  • David Bolgrien
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    • Research biologist, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Justin Perpich
    • Graduate, University of Wisconsin, Superior
    • Staff behavioral specialist, TBI Residential and Community

Election results

2013 general 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, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRosie Loeffler-Kemp 56.1% 3,317
     Nonpartisan Joseph Matthes 43.4% 2,563
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 32
Total Votes 5,912
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 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
2013 primary election

Endorsements

The Duluth Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsed at-large candidates Annie Harala and Henry L. Banks, along with District 1 candidate Rosie Loeffler-Kemp.[5][6][7] The Duluth Federation of Teachers endorsed Harala and Loeffler-Kemp in addition to District 4 challenger David Bolgrien.[8][9] Harala and Loeffler-Kemp also received endorsements from AFSCME Council 5, while AFSCME Council 65 endorsed Joseph Matthes.[10][7][11] Matthes received endorsements from Duluth Building and Construction Trades and former City Councilor Jeff Anderson.[11] Central Labor Body and womenwinning both endorsed Harala and Nancy Nilsen.[10][12][13] The Duluth Black Professionals Network endorsed Henry L. Banks, while the Duluth News Tribune endorsed Harala and Harry Welty for the at-large seats, Matthews for the District 1 seat and Bolgrien for the District 4 seat.[13][9]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $32,169.54 and spent a total of $30,065.02 during the election, according to Duluth Public Schools.[14]

In the at-large race, candidates received a total of $16,171.12 and spent a total of $13,924.23.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Annie Harala $5,333.00 $3,817.19 $1,515.81
Henry L. Banks $706.39 $706.39 $0.00
Harry Welty $3,586.73 $3,473.78 $112.95
Nancy Nilsen $3,985.00 $3,735.00 $0.00
Joshua Bixby $1,075.00 $1,037.59 $37.41
Loren Martell $1,485.00 $1,154.28 $330.72

In the District 1 race, candidates received a total of $8,735.00 and spent a total of $7,413.92.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Joseph Matthes $2,695.00 $2,714.20 -$19.20
Rosie Loeffler-Kemp $3,900.00 $3,829.57 $70.43
Marcia Stromgren $2,140.00 $870.15 $1,269.85

In the District 4 race, candidates received a total of $7,263.42 and spent a total of $8,726.87.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Art Johnston $1,537.00 $2,364.00 -$827.00
David Bolgrien $2,204.42 $2,840.87 -$636.45
Justin Perpich $3,522.00 $3,522.00 $0.00

Past elections

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.

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Duluth Public Schools election in 2013:[4]

Deadline Event
September 10, 2013 Primary election
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

This election shared the ballot with other municipal elections and two levy referendums for the school district, both of which passed. Question 1 renewed the district's existing property tax levy of $595.78 per pupil for 5 years while Question 2 increased that property tax levy by an additional $200 per pupil for 5 years.[15]

See also

External links

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