Councilor Hobbs Completes his 100 Cups of Coffee Project

Updated: September 02, 2019 08:16 PM

Duluth City Council President Noah Hobbs completed his 100 Cups of Coffee project Monday while sharing a cup with Governor Tim Walz.

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Over the last year Councilor Hobbs has been regularly sitting down with individuals in the community about what they want to see from their local government. Hobbs said it's been a rewarding process for him. He said, "I think the fact that 79 of them have been total strangers to me and almost half have never met with an elected official before, those were two things that were really surprising.”

Hobbs shared what he has learned from residents throughout the project with Governor Walz. He said, "Uploading the 99 cups to him with the issues that I've heard that the state can have some effect on is really great to have that partner down in St. Paul."

The two have actually stayed in touch since Hobbs was a student of Walz's. Walz said, "For him and me 15 years ago to imagine we're sitting here as a councilman in Duluth and the governor of Minnesota talking about what we can do to make ourselves more responsive to the public, that's good stuff."

Walz is proud of the effort his former student is putting into keeping comunication open with residents. "This is what good governance looks like. This is what I would argue servant leadership looks like in elected officials, and the commitment that Councilman Hobbs is making is huge," Walz said.

Even though he hit his goal of 100 cups of coffee, Councilor Hobbs says the initiative is not over. He will continue to meet with Duluth residents over a cup about how their local government can serve their needs.

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