Duluth Councilor Krause Changing Jobs, Leaving Council

Posted at: 09/06/2013 12:31 PM | Updated at: 09/06/2013 4:44 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

In a letter to the city of Duluth, a councilor has announced he will be leaving his seat within the next one or two weeks.

Councilor Garry Krause said in the letter: "my regional position was eliminated due to budget cuts. I would like to share that I have been offered and accepted a new leadership position overseeing advanced manufacturing, transportation and facility development at a geographic region level. The requirements of my new position will make it impossible for me to continue to serve as a Duluth City Councilor."

Krause worked at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College up until about 3 1/2 months ago. He said since then he has had a number of great opportunities but none fit with the role of being a councilor, and said he wouldn't be able to be present at enough meetings.

Krause said public service is important to him, but, being a family man and supporting his family is ultimately more important. In front of his home, he told Eyewitness News "I had planned to run for re-election...because community service is so important. But the other part is, I have to feed my family."

Monday will be his last full voting council meeting, he said.

Krause's term was set to expire in January. He had filed for re-election in the fourth district. Howie Hanson is the only other candidate seeking the position.

In the meantime, the council has the option to fill the seat, or leave it open. The city is accepting applications until September 19.

 

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