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Duluth City Council leaders discuss outlook for 2020

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DULUTH, MN-- There are some new faces on the Duluth City Council, making this one unlike any we've seen before.

With an array of men, women, ethnicities, and backgrounds it's the most diverse the council has ever been.

With a new council comes new leadership.

During the first meeting of the new decade, members elected their President and Vice President to lead the charge.

Councilor Gary Anderson Elected Council Pres.-- Councilor Renee Van Nett Elected Council VP

After 4-years of serving as Duluth's First District Councilor, Gary Anderson was re-elected to another term and also to lead the council as President.

"To help facilitate the agenda sessions and then every other Monday night to run the meetings that are here to do the work of the people," said Anderson.

Every president needs their vice and Fourth District Councilor, Renee Van Nett was ready to take on the job.

She said, "[it's] monumental for me to be like the first person of color to be in the Vice Presidency seat in this town and that talks about what this community is ready to do and where they are."

Three new faces joined the council this term giving the group a whole new spirt. Those include Janet Kennedy, Derek Medved, and Roz Randorf.

The Council President said, "the new councilors are really engaged and I think the opportunity here is really for all of us to step up and really bring our best selves."

President Anderson says the council will continue to work on problems that have proven to be a challenge for the city. He said, "housing continues to be the big issue."

Along with the role of VP, Van Nett also steers the Public Safety Committee, something she has a passion for. She said, "it doesn't just affect the people in my district, it affects everyone."

She emphasized the council has a lot on their plate but has also accomplished some significant work. "The medical district, we have road work for 25-years, we have all kinds of things that we are doing and that's the kind of stuff that excites me."

Both agree the council is a community-driven body and encourage residents to express their opinions and concerns by any means.

Van Nett said, "come talk to us, come see us, email us, call us, text us. Let us know because we need to know."

Anderson said he hopes the community continues to engage and challenge city administration. "I think that's really a critical part of who we are as a community and what we can do as a council to support transparency and have really important conversations."

The council's next meeting is Monday, Jan 27.

Some other hot items they plan to take up this term include infrastructure, public safety, and the future of public golf.

Friday Van Nett set up office hours at Ecolibrium 3 in Lincoln Park. She said she hopes to set up times for people to come chat with her and discuss city issues.

The times and dates are as followed:

Feb 12 @ 5:30 p.m., Feb 27 @ 5:30 p.m., March 11 @ 5:30 p.m., and March 26 @ 5:30 p.m.

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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