Kozlowski enters race for East Duluth state House seat

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There are now three candidates for the DFL nomination to represent eastern Duluth in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Alicia Kozlowski joined the race Wednesday, setting up an August 9 primary with previously-announced candidates Breanna Ellison and Arik Forsman. The flurry of announcements came after Rep. Jen Schultz announced two weeks ago that she would not seek re-election.

Kozlowski has served as the City of Duluth’s Community Relations Officer for the past three years.

She said in a news release that her experiences organizing and leading in the Duluth community over the past 12 years, and her identity a member of the LGBTQ+ community, a third-generation Mexican-American, and Anishinaabe-Ojibwe direct descendent of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, prepared and shaped her call to serve.

"Anishinaabe peoples are known as ‘the people of the heart way.’ I have been taught to lead with my heart, speak with my heart, and run with my heart out front for our community and future generations," Kozlowski said.

Eastern Duluth is now part of House District 8B after redistricting. The area was formerly part of District 7A, with the new 8B now pairing Duluth Heights and Kenwood with other East Duluth neighborhoods but Central Hillside now paired with western Duluth.

Official filing for state legislative seats doesn’t actually begin until May 17. No Republicans have announced their candidacy for any of the Duluth seats.