One week ago, the Duluth Area Chamber partnered with the Duluth News Tribune to host a Candidate Forum which featured our Duluth City Council and Duluth School Board candidates. Fourteen candidates participated in the Forum. My friend and colleague, Chuck Frederick, the Tribune’s talented Editorial Page Editor, and I co-facilitated the Forum.
Doing so afforded us an ideal opportunity to interact with these fourteen individuals in a meaningful way. I was impressed. As citizens of Duluth, we are fortunate to have such conscientious, service oriented folks willing to give share time and talent for the betterment of our beloved Zenith City.
Despite the disappointment or jubilation we many experience this upcoming Election Day, we would be wise to join forces with the elected candidates to advance our common civic goals. We will benefit by placing the political race behind us and embracing our new community leaders.
It is an opportune time to reflect gratefully on those individuals who are willing to place their political beliefs into action by running for office. The challenges of orchestrating a political campaign are formidable, and the demands on time equally overwhelming. I believe it is a deep commitment to public service and the process of democracy that motivated these candidates to expend their time and energy in seeking elected positions.
The Chamber’s leaders intend to continue collaborating with our elected officials to strengthen our community. We will continue to advocate for and represent the business community in local initiatives and issues. We will marshal the Chamber’s resources to assist our political leaders in making the next few years a time of growth for our community. We invite every Duluthian to unite with us in this resolve.
In summary, we look forward to partnering with our elected officials in generating the ideas, energy and resources necessary to uplift and advance our shining city on the hill.
David Ross, President & CEO