New Duluth At-Large Council Hopefuls Mean Sept. Primary

Posted at: 07/08/2013 10:21 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 12:34 AM

Two new candidates have filed their paperwork to run for the two at-large seats up for grabs on the Duluth City Council. That means there will be a primary election held in September.

Barb Russ, who recently retired from her job with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office filed with the city clerk's office Monday. She said she has experience working on other people's campaigns, but this time will focus on herself. She said one of her areas of expertise is job creation.

"I do come to this with 30 years of working economic development issues in St. Louis County. One of my assignments, some time ago was putting together deal for the Northwest Airlines base."

Russ said street improvement, parks and recreation programs and tackling blight are her other priorities.

Candidate Ray Whitledge III also filed Monday.

Candidate Ray "Skip" Sandman filed last week, but officially announced his bid Monday evening at Leif Erikson Park. He said equality in Duluth is a little bit off. He said he sees disparities among not only the Native American population, but African American, Hispanic and Asian communities.

"I hope, I hope, maybe if I am elected I can make a difference," Sandman said.