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Update: Duluth School Board candidates advance to general election

Historic Old Central High School in Duluth in 2016. (Clint Austin / / 2
Clockwise from upper left: Loren Martell, Sally Trnka, Harry Welty, Josh Gorham, Bogdana (Dana) Krivogorsky2 / 2

The four Duluth School Board At Large candidates advancing to the Nov. 7 general election are Sally Trnka, Josh Gorham, incumbent Harry Welty, and Bogdana "Dana" Krivogorsky.

With none of the school district’s townships or the city of Rice Lake reporting results at press time Tuesday night, the numbers were too close to call between Krivogorsky and Loren Martell. Full results today show a difference of 79 votes between the two. Krivogorsky had 12.59 of votes with Martell earning 12.01. 

With 7,473 ballots cast in the city of Duluth — and voters able to choose two candidates in the race — Trnka garnered the most votes with 30 percent, or 3,929 votes. Gorham was second with 27 percent, or 3,558 votes and Welty was third with 18.4 percent, or 2,406 votes.

Two At Large seats will be on the November ballot.

“I am deeply humbled and incredibly thankful for the support of the voters,” Trnka said, citing the passion she has seen residents have for education. “We had an incredibly high voter turnout rate for an off-year primary election, which really speaks to how we are re-engaging with the concept that all politics are local politics.”

Trnka, executive director of the Northern Minnesota Network, said feedback from residents received through door-knocking and phone calls helped shape her campaign, and Tuesday’s results don’t mean “we are done working.”

“It means we re-strap our boots and get back to work,” she said.

This year’s other two Duluth School Board races — for District 4 and District 1 — did not need a primary election. In the District 1 race, incumbent Rosie Loeffler-Kemp is pitted against Kurt Kuehn. In District 4, incumbent Art Johnston is running against Jill Lofald.