|Board Member, Duluth School Board, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||September 10, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, Superior|
|Profession||Staff behavioral specialist|
Justin Perpich resides in Duluth, Minnesota. Perpich earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. He is employed as a staff behavioral specialist by TBI Residential and Community. Perich serves as vice chairman of Duluth's Community Development Committee.
- See also: Duluth Public Schools elections (2013)
Justin Perpich challenged incumbent Art Johnston and fellow candidate David Bolgrien to win the District 4 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013. Perpich was defeated in the September 10 primary election and did not continue on to the general election. He endorsed Bolgrien following his defeat.
|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|
Justin Perpich reported $3,522.00 in contributions and $3,522.00 in expenditures to Duluth Public Schools, which left his campaign with no debt or cash on hand.
Justin Perpich received endorsements for his campaign from the Central Labor Body, Duluth Building and Construction Trades and AFSCME Council 5.
In response to a survey from the Duluth News Tribune, Perpich argued that reducing class sizes is the most significant issue facing the school district:
With smaller class sizes, there is a better teacher to student ratio increasing one-on-one attention and relationships between teachers and classmates. These relationships can reduce bullying and build a student’s pride in their education.
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: 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.
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- Duluth News Tribune, "Duluth School Board Voter Guide," accessed October 29, 2013
- WDIO, "School Board Candidate Concedes, Backs Top Finisher," September 11, 2013
- Information submitted to Ballotpedia through e-mail from the Business Services department of Duluth Public Schools on December 30, 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