Koneczny Kicks-Off Duluth City Council Campaign

Updated: May 21, 2019 10:38 PM

Jeanne Koneczny kicked-off her campaign for Duluth District 5 City Council seat Tuesday. 

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A day prior, Koneczny, a lifelong resident of West Duluth, announced she would join the race, becoming the third candidate to vie for the seat currently held by Councilor Jay Fosle. Fosle has not yet said whether he will seek another term.

"I'm running because I am passionate about Duluth, and Western Duluth specifically," Koneczny said Monday. 

During a campaign reception at Gannucci's Italian Market Tuesday, Koneczny said her experience is what sets her apart in the race. 

According to her campaign, she has served the city in different positions including on the Duluth Planning Commission, Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Board, and a two-time president of the West Duluth Business Club Board. 

"I want to be collaborative in finding solutions to improve our quality of life," Koneczny said. "Better streets and infrastructure, reducing crime and drug problems and helping families achieve home ownership so they can stay in Duluth and put their talents to work here, not the Twin Cities." 

Koneczny also says she believes the development of West Duluth can further propel the development of the entire city. "Western Duluth holds the Gold for growth in Duluth with manufacturing zones, industrial zones, underdeveloped riverfront and opportunities for new housing developments."

Koneczny says she is retired right now and that will help her serve on the City Council with no time constraints. 

In March, Duluth Human Rights Commissioner Ashley Grimm announced her candidacy for the seat. Janet Kennedy, who unsuccessfully ran for the 5th District seat in 2015, also joined the race in April. 

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