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Medved Ready to Serve as New Duluth At-Large Councilor

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 06, 2019 06:28 PM

Derek Medved is known as the young businessman operating the local Korner Store gas stations but now, he'll be known for his role on the city council.

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“I have a lot to learn I’m very excited about that. I don’t look at that as a downfall, I see it as an upside to say I have a fresh perspective and an open mind,” said Medved.

Medved won a citywide seat on the council, unseating Noah Hobbs.

"It's shock, pure shock. A grassroots campaign of a rookie in politics, I never stepped in that political ring before. We came out on top and it's very humbling," said Medved. "Working hard has been my big momentum from a young age."

Medved said he wants to tackle several issues like fixing streets, investing in the police and fire departments, and stopping a rise in property taxes.

“The important thing is to come together, the administration, the current city council, and the public, to find ways of how we can meet that need and grow the housing stock in our community,” said Medved. “We can really focus on infrastructure really emphasize taking care of the roadways, potholes and do as much as we can."

Medved said he also wants to focus on underground infrastructure, like improving water, gas, sewer, and working with public works.

Medved sees his background in small business as an advantage to helping other local businesses.

“Operating a $16 million budget has really helped me, pinching pennies. How can we do that on city council what can I bring to that, but also looking out for small businesses within the community annd how can we help them grow,” said Medved.

Medved said he wants people to hold him accountable and express their concerns to him.  

"I want people to be upfront, honest, and brutal with me at times because that’s how you get great things done by being open and honest. Meet me, lets have a great conversation and hopefully relate on great topics and move forward together," said Medved.

As a newcomer, Medved said he understands people may have some doubts of his experience, but said he is ready to learn and hear people’s concerns, acknowledging that it takes team work to get things done.

“Just because I got elected to council doesn’t mean I can accomplish things alone. Everybody at council, the administration, we need the help and support of the community. So we’re going to look to them and continue to ask for their help, support, and guidance,” said Medved.

Medved's not the only new face on the council. Roz Randorf and Janet Kennedy also won seats. Incumbents Arik Forsman and Gary Anderson won re-election.

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