Harry Welty                       

9. Elected experience in the largest city in the District as a school board member who brought order to his public schools -

You will get an argument about this from some in Duluth. These critics are mostly people who believe that new multi-million dollars school buildings make a school.

If you do not live in Duluth you will have no easy way to judge whether this is true so here are three bits of supporting evidence.

1. When Harry told the editors of the Duluth News Tribune in 2004 that he really didn't want to be reelected they were disappointed that they could not endorse him.

2. As an information junky Harry used the "new" tool called the Internet to disseminate information about what was happening in the Duluth Schools. The old site hasn't been updated since Harry retired but its still up as an Internet archive: http://www.snowbizz.com/DuluthSchools%20Page/ISD709.htm

3. Harry's successors embarked on a massive school construction project twice as expensive as any other such project undertaken anywhere in Minnesota in the state's history. They did so without a public vote. Their project manager got the contract without having to bid on it. Today the School District has new schools and the largest classrooms in the state. Today even the Red Plan's supporters rarely defend the Duluth School Board that gave them what they wanted. Harry has chronicled the Red Plan from its arrogant start through its unfortunate ongoing consequences for six years: http://lincolndemocrat.com/?cat=80