I ran for Mayor because Duluth’s next chapter is critical for its story, and our stories. We have work to do to ensure our positive growth has staying power. I am committed to building on our momentum and making sure our entire community benefits from a vibrant future.
Job creation and expanding our tax base are two key components critical to growing our economy, generating the revenue we need to maintain critical city services, and providing residents with opportunity for economic growth.More »
As Mayor, economic development is my number one priority. My tenure and leadership on the Duluth Economic Development Authority has resulted in over $17 million dollars of state and federal fund investment in Duluth – and the jobs that go with them. These include new construction projects like maurice’s Corporate Tower, Bluestone Commons and the Duluth Transit Authority Multimodal Transportation Center. These investments have also proven critical to address contamination and former industrial sites like Atlas remediation projects across the city to clear the way for new industry successes like AAR. These grants are in addition to the millions of dollars our private sector partners have invested here. Good jobs provide an important foundation for working families. Part of our mission as a city is to make sure local job seekers have skills and access to the kind of jobs that can support their families.
Quality of Life
I have championed parks, trails and libraries because these are key, quality of life public services that support health, education and lifelong learning for all Duluthians, regardless of income or zip code.More »
Quality of Life
As Mayor I will prioritize the city budget to expand library hours on the weekends at all of our branches, and I will invest our staff and financial resources into establishing concrete plans for parks and trails maintenance.
In my time with the Parks and Recreation Commission, our school and summer programming for youth has expanded, $400,000 has been invested in neighbor-driven park initiatives through the voter-supported parks referendum, playgrounds have improved, seven mini-master plans of parks across the city are completed, the Lakewalk has been expanded and resurfaced and a new dog park opened. Additionally, plans have been established for horse trails, the Duluth Traverse, the Cross City Trail and, citywide cross-country skiing. These expansions happen with strong partnerships between city staff, volunteers, user groups and neighbors.
As a library system, we have expanded hours at the branch libraries, added the beloved Seed Library, invested in robust teen section offerings, served as a health coverage access site, provided free tax preparation and took a strong, bold step to engaging the public in a candid and overdue discussion about the limitations of our downtown library facility – a discussion I will continue in 2015. Libraries matter because they are proven to increase childhood literacy, provide creative opportunities for teens, inspire lifelong learning, and help create a fair and level playing field for all residents by increasing access to technology.
Duluth is host to a portfolio of neighborhoods, each with their own stories, histories and points of pride. And right now, every single day, in my job as an At-Large City Councilor I have been elected to represent all of them.More »
This is not always simple. Every neighborhood has its specific needs and concerns, and it can be easy for resident voices to get lost in the process. That’s why I took action to open up government by authoring our new additions of webstreaming and closed captioning. We are the first city in Minnesota to do this, and I take pride in that. It’s important for residents to have clear points of contact and reliable information. Public servants and neighborhoods rely on each other to get things done, and that’s a good thing.
A Mayor’s job is to build a great team and lead with confidence. It’s also to listen, forge strong relationships with our partners, and ensure residents feel heard. As Mayor I will commit to inviting the public into the process of determining our future. That doesn’t mean we’ll always agree, but it does mean that we’ll know why we’re disagreeing. Because from issues of public safety, needs of our housing stock, and demands for local businesses, it’s our neighbors who have the stories and information we need to do our jobs right.
Our next chapter will require courage, focus, collaboration and stamina. Duluth is right to expect a lot from this next Mayor. There’s simply too much at stake, for your family and for mine, to expect any less.More »
Point to point, the City of Duluth has an enormous amount of momentum right now. From the series of projects we are kicking off along the St. Louis River Corridor through the half and half tourism tax, to the mixed use housing and commercial projects underway across the city, this next chapter will be one of great opportunity. As long as we get it right.
Getting it right means maintaining this momentum while incorporating fresh ideas. It means identifying a comprehensive and stable, ongoing funding source for street repairs. It means working within each neighborhood to combat blight and safety concerns. It means investing in solid relationship building with our County, State, Tribal and Federal partners. And it means grounding the work of our City, and our vision, on what we build for our next chapter. Together.
As Mayor I will lead with my steady, responsive and enthusiastic leadership. We have work to do together, and I can’t wait to get started.