2023 Candidate Forums

Candidate Forums graphicThe Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth Area Chamber Foundation are proud to partner with the Duluth News Tribune to offer our community the opportunity to hear directly from candidates running for local office. The 2023 Candidate Forums are free and open to the public. Each forum will be civility certified, with the participation of Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project, an effort launched in 2003 by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Forums will be moderated by Duluth Chamber Vice President Daniel Fanning and Duluth News Tribune Editorial Page Editor Chuck Frederick. All Forums will be held at The Garden, 425 S. Lake Ave., Duluth, MN 55802. Free parking will be available in the lot behind the building. RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome.

September 13

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Duluth School Board (4 candidates)
School Board District 3: Henry Banks and Loren Martell
School Board At Large: Alanna Oswald and Stephanie Williams

Noon – 1 p.m.
Mayor (2 candidates)
Emily Larson and Roger Reinert

September 14

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
City Council At Large (4 candidates)
Arik Forsman, Lynn Marie Nephew, Jenna Yeakle, and Miranda Pacheco

12:00  – 1 p.m.
District Council (4 candidates)
Duluth City Council District 1: Wendy Durrwachter and Timothy Meyer
Duluth City Council District 4: Tara Swenson

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Duluth City Council District 5 (2 candidates)
Janet Kennedy and Ginka Tarnowski

We are proud to offer these candidate forums free of charge to the public, thanks in part to our sponsors at the Duluth News Tribune. To help ensure we can continue to offer these free educational events, as well as other programs of the Duluth Area Chamber and Duluth Chamber Foundation, donations to the Duluth Chamber Foundation are always welcomed and appreciated. Donations to the Duluth Chamber Foundation are now tax deductible. Thank you for your support of our Foundation, our programs and our region’s business community.