Tara Swenson announces candidacy for Duluth Council District 4

The pool of candidates for Duluth City Council continues growing, with another person announcing their bid.

Tara Swenson has announced her run to represent Duluth’s District 4, the seat formerly held by the late Councilor Renee Van Nett. Hannah Alstead was appointed after Van Nett’s passing, but has said she is not seeking to hold the seat.

“I look forward to bringing new leadership and ideas to Duluth, supporting the people in my district and serving the citizens of this great city” said Swenson.

Swenson’s previous experience includes 12 years of leadership in insurance, healthcare, engineering, retail, and other volunteer work. She currently serves on the Duluth Charter Commission and is on the Board of Directors for FUSE with the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, and works for Holden Insurance Agency.

Swenson says she is looking forward to supporting economic growth, ensuring we are providing core services for our citizens focusing on our streets, utilities, parks, expanding housing options at all levels, and helping ensure public safety for everyone. Swenson is committed to supporting public safety, and will ensure adequate training, resources and staffing levels are maintained to keep our community safe.

“Everyone that lives in or visits Duluth should feel safe. It is critical that our first responders including police, fire and EMS should be well-trained and supported by our community.”

Her focus areas include public safety, street maintenance, parks and community spaces, jobs, and keeping with a budget.

Swenson lives in the Piedmont neighborhood in Duluth. She has two children ages 3 and 5 and her husband is a union worker in the construction industry.

Swenson is hosting a campaign kick-off at 5:30pm on Friday, May 5 at Warrior Brewing Company. All Duluth residents are invited.