Posted at: 07/08/2013 10:35 PM
Updated at: 07/09/2013 10:49 PM
He's spent the last twelve years on the Duluth City Council, but the era is coming to an end. Jim Stauber announced Monday night that he will not seek re-election.
In a statement, Stauber said "I sincerely appreciate the voters giving me the opportunity to serve. While our council is politically diverse and I am often in the minority, I have great respect for my colleagues. I have developed friendships with many. Being a Councilor can be challenging at times, but sitting shoulder to shoulder with others who share a similar passion for Duluth is inspiring."
While Stauber will leave the council, he said he is interested in seeking higher public office as his term ends. His statement didn't give more information on which position he may seek, but said the last legislative session was disappointing from a business and taxpayer perspective.
Stauber's oldest son, Ryan, is running for an at-large seat on the city council. He said he believes Ryan's more conservative views will bring balance to an oft liberal leaning council and mayor.
Stauber's term ends on January 6.
He said he will be available for questions and comments Tuesday at 2 p.m. at city hall.