Ryan Stauber Formally Enters Duluth Council Race

Posted at: 07/03/2013 5:20 PM

Ryan Stauber, the son of Duluth city councilor Jim Stauber, filed paperwork to enter the city council race Wednesday.

Stauber has previously run for the Duluth School Board and Minnesota House of Representatives and is now running for one of two at-large seats up for election on the city council.

"By my own estimation I've personally knocked on over 1,000 doors in all different neighborhoods of Duluth over the last few weeks," Stauber said in a prepared statement Wednesday.  "I've heard great ideas and suggestions from these new friends and neighbors on how to improve their government. I hope to bring those ideas with me to the City Council chambers."

Jim Stauber has not said whether he will run for re-election to his at-large seat.  The other at-large councilor whose term is ending, Dan Hartman, has said he will not seek re-election.

Stauber is the third candidate to file for the two at-large seats.  Zack Filipovich and Eric Meyer both filed to run on Tuesday.

Filipovich and Meyer both held press conferences announcing their campaigns Tuesday.  "I will focus on economic development, streets and infrastructure and community safety because our citizens deserve an indepth and thoughtful discussion, and because improvement is an ongoing process," Filipovich said.

"I want to introduce 21st century solutions for 21st century problems. We're kind of going, We're kind of doing business as usual to some extent," Meyer said.  "There are new ways to solve these problems I guess."

Filipovich and Meyer both graduated from UMD in 2012.  Filipovich is a Duluth native, while Meyer says he has lived in Duluth for six years and plays to stay for the rest of his life.

Potential candidates have until July 16 to file with the city.  If necessary, primary elections will be held Sept. 10.  The general election will be Nov. 4.