Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Progressive Action to host Duluth City Council Candidate Forum on Sept. 9

Progressive Action will host a pre-Primary candidate forum for all Duluth City Council candidates on Wednesday, September 9. The forum will be held in the Duluth City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall (411 West 1st Street), from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
“This forum is aimed at helping the public hear the views of all Council candidates,” Progressive Action President Barb Olsen commented. “Whatever the candidates’ political stripes, our goal is to give them a greater opportunity to get their ideas out to the public and to help voters make an informed choice in the Primary Election on September 15.”
This year, the Second and Fourth District Duluth City Council seats are open as well as two of the city’s four At-Large Council seats. Twelve candidates have filed.
Rob Wagner and Patrick Boyle filed for the Second District seat being vacated by the retiring Councilor Greg Gilbert. For the Fourth District, in which current Councilor Garry Krause chose not to run for reelection, candidates are Kerry Gauthier, Gordon Grant, Heath Hickok, Matt Potter, and Celia Scheer. And the At-Large candidates are Beth Olson, incumbent Jim Stauber, Mike Akervik, Dan Hartman, and Becky Hall.
Progressive Action is a grassroots political organization formed after the death of Paul Wellstone to carry on his progressive goals in such areas as affordable housing, living-wage jobs, and encouraging residents to be active in politics and run for office.