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Revision as of 18:46, 29 October 2013

Harry Welty
Harry Welty.jpg
Candidate for
Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Duluth School Board
1996 - 2004
Bachelor'sMinnesota State University, Mankato
ProfessionRetired educator
Personal website
Campaign website
Ballotpedia's school board candidate survey
Harry Welty is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Duluth school board. Welty received enough votes in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election on November 5, 2013. He was also a Democratic candidate for District 7 of the Minnesota State Senate in 2010.


Harry Welty resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Welty earned his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato.[1] He taught in the classroom before embarking on multiple political campaigns throughout his adulthood. From 1996 to 2004, he won office and served on the Duluth school board. During his time on the board, Welty brought national media attention to the district by inserting pins into a voodoo doll during a board meeting as a symbolic means of eliminating the disharmony amongst board members.[2]



See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)


Harry Welty is challenging fellow candidates Annie Harala, Henry L. Banks and Nancy Nilsen to win one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Welty and the other candidates defeated Joshua Bixby and Loren Martell in the September 10 primary election to continue on to the general election.

Duluth Public Schools, At-large General 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


As of October 28, no 2013 campaign donations or expenditures for Harry Welty have been reported to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.[3]


Harry Welty has received an endorsement for his campaign from the Duluth News Tribune.[2]


See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010

Welty was defeated in the August 10 primary for District 7 of the Minnesota State Senate by incumbent Roger Reinert.[4]

Campaign themes


During an August discussion with the Duluth News Tribune editorial board, Welty stated that the primary focus of his campaign is to reduce class sizes. He added that the school board needs more members who understand finances and that he is a strong supporter of both educational funding referendums.[2]

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
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 US Census, St. Louis County is home to 200,319 residents.[5]


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.[5]

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