READER’S VIEW: LARSON HAS DEMONSTRATED THE LEADERSHIP DULUTH NEEDS
By News Tribune on Sep 4, 2015 at 7:55 p.m.
As a Denfeld resident and as a nearly life-long Duluthian, I’m excited for our community’s potential with Emily Larson serving as our mayor. Larson has demonstrated throughout her lifetime of professional and public service in Duluth that she has the skills to be an outstanding mayor.
Any candidate for office — and, really, any Duluthian — can point out the challenges our community is facing. But being an effective leader requires more than just pointing at our problems. Leadership requires the ability to critically assess solutions that meet the needs of stakeholders and then implement a response that is measurable and sustainable.
As a city councilor, Duluth Economic Development Authority commissioner, professional consultant for nonprofit organizations and engaged community volunteer, Larson has repeatedly done just that. Time after time, she has demonstrated her ability to engage partners around difficult issues in order to leverage resources toward a shared goal. I believe Duluth’s continued success will require leadership Larson exemplifies, which is inclusive and empowering rather than cynical and combative.
I encourage Duluthians to vote Emily Larson for mayor this fall to help write Duluth’s next chapter together.