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Ten candidates are vying for Duluth City Council seats in Tuesday's primary

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Ten candidates are hoping to fill Duluth City Council seats, by securing a spot on the November ballot, following Tuesday's primary. Seven of those candidates are running for the two At Large member seats.

Council Incumbent Zack Filipovich said his background in finance is an asset when considering costs for infrastructure, the Mayor's budget and public safety.

"I've been talking with our police and fire chief's on a regular basis and there's more to do there too," Filipovich said.  

Also hoping to return to the Council is Barb Russ, who's priorities include increasing mental health services and affordable housing. 

"I'm very interested in finding ways to have more affordable housing throughout the city of Duluth because we need it dearly," Russ said.

Another candidate on the ballot is Brandon Sorvik, who also hopes to make low-income homes more accessible. 

"Right now I know there's a lot of housing where it's in the Twin Cities price range and we have small town income right now," Sorvik said.

Motivating Janet Kennedy's campaign are social justice issues. She hopes a seat on the council would help to break down barriers. 

"If we don't have everybody at the table sometimes we can have unintentional consequences," Kennedy said.

Rich Updegrove wants to protect the environment and those living in poverty. 

"I'm a first generation college student, the Homeless Bill of Rights, affordable housing and issues of poverty are important to me," Updegrove said.

Coming from a family of veterans, Jan Swanson volunteers for the non-profit 23rd Veteran. She also opposes mandates on private businesses.

"I think there's a lot of government intervention in private businesses and small businesses," Swanson said.

And with his background as an electrician, Rich Williams has a goal to increase tourism and public transportation.

"The primary issue I'm running on is promoting the light rail loop," Williams said.

Four candidates from Tuesday's At Large candidate primary will move on to the November ballot.

Three other Council candidates are on Tuesday's ballot: Tom Furman, Howie Hanson and Renee Van Nett, who are running for the Fourth District spot.

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