|Board Member, Duluth School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Next general||November, 2017|
|Duluth School Board|
|1996 - 2004|
|Bachelor's||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
Harry Welty resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Welty earned his Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. 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.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Harry Welty and Annie Harala defeated Nancy Nilsen and Henry L. Banks to win two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. Welty and the other candidates also defeated Joshua Bixby and Loren Martell in the September 10 primary election.
|Duluth Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Henry L. Banks||15.5%||4,753|
|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, At-large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Henry L. Banks||16.4%||1,926|
|Source: Duluth, Minnesota, "Summary Report," accessed October 24, 2013|
Harry Welty reported no contributions or expenditures to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Harry Welty received an endorsement for his campaign from the Duluth News Tribune.
- See also: Minnesota State Senate elections, 2010
During an August discussion with the Duluth News Tribune editorial board, Welty stated that the primary focus of his campaign was to reduce class sizes. He added that the school board needed more members who understand finances and that he was a strong supporter of both educational funding referendums.
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.
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- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board Voter Guide," accessed October 28, 2013
- Duluth News Tribune, "Our view / endorsement: For Duluth School Board: Harala and who?," October 22, 2013
- Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, "Contributions to a Specific Candidate or to Candidates that Meet a Criteria," accessed December 26, 2013
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Results," accessed October 15, 2010
- 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