I am running for City Council in the Third District because Duluth is my forever home. It was love at first sight: the lake, the ships, its natural beauty. My life’s journey brought me to this point: a widow, a single mother, a master gardener, and a consultant with Dale Carnegie Training. My career experience has given me the grit, courage, and wherewithal to stand up and represent all the people in the district.
I was part of a management team for a large media company with 16 locations, including the News Tribune, and more than 1,800 workers. I also owned a small business, The Rose Man, which provided me insights into the unique struggles experienced by small businesses and workers.
I have the experience and ability to build relationships with people from all sides of the spectrum: building solid foundations — balancing points — from which thoughtful and inclusive decisions are made. The Third is a diverse district, and the issues of those experiencing homelessness and struggling to make ends meet are important, and addressing those issues is a priority.
As I have conversations with my neighbors on the Hillside, Park Point, and other neighborhoods, I hear their need for housing options that are affordable, repaired streets, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, a solution to shoreline erosion, and living-wage jobs.
To support our city, we need a healthy local economy and a focus on industry growth, which supports accessible and quality jobs and high wages and benefits, and which can also help to create greater economic equality in the city. We must support our local businesses and our local workers by shopping here instead of online.
My effectiveness as a city councilor will be based on my ability to listen and to understand all sides. I will speak to the 20 percent of our households living below the federal poverty line of $25,750 and work with local businesses struggling to keep themselves and their workers afloat in an increasingly competitive market.
Duluth is our city, and we are all in this together.
Let’s focus on our basic needs: affordable homes, streets, safety, infrastructure, and jobs. Because, in the end, the City Council reflects what the citizens of Duluth want and need. It is that balance of fiscal and community oversight that ensures our ability to attract and retain living-wage jobs and new industry and to build our tax base to create and support our city and all our people.
To accomplish these goals, a city councilor needs to be a bridge-builder who can meet at the balancing point, embracing our differences while coming to greater conclusions together. A city councilor needs to be able to compromise without compromising our values.
I will be that kind of relationship-builder and that kind of councilor. I ask for your Vote on August 13.