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Andrew C. Jarocki
I am 23 years old and Duluth has been my home for my entire life. I am an Eagle Scout, and the many local Scouting service projects over the years have given me a deep familiarity with our neighborhoods. I graduated from Marshall High School in 2016, and I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science and Public Policy in 2020. After college, I returned to serve the community I love through a fellowship with Lead For Minnesota. I currently work on public housing policy in the Northland as a LFMN Hometown Fellow.
Why are you running?
I am running because I believe our local leaders must ensure Duluth can realize its incredible potential. As we emerge from the pandemic, families throughout the state and country are now seriously considering our city as a place to live. In order to attract new Duluthians, and retain our best and brightest, we need to make Duluth the best place in the world to raise a family, find a job and open a business.
What are the three biggest issues facing the city/What specific policies do you plan to pursue to address those issues?
Raising a Family: Our City Council must be a champion for the needs of parents. For example, I disagree strongly with the Mayor’s suggested use of $12 million on City Hall. Instead, these federal funds could be a lifeline to Duluth families struggling to find and afford child care. Child care scholarships, support for connective services, and other forms of assistance would do much more for Duluthians than anyone building’s airflow system. Families also need public safety, which is why I will ensure our local law enforcement always has the resources they need to conduct their job in an effective and professional manner.
Finding a Job (and a home): The unhoused population along the Lakewalk and individuals panhandling in downtown, while distinct challenges are both reminders that we need a community that provides economic opportunity for all. To better serve the unhoused population, I will push the Council to work more closely with area service providers like the Duluth HRA and CHUM. The tens of thousands of emergency Section 8 vouchers recently created by HUD should be studied as part of a possible solution. As for panhandling, I believe it is necessary to update the City Code to ban begging on public sidewalks (as the City Code already does with public golf courses). This vulnerable population deserves better. I will lead the creation of a city task force that will recommend ways the city can better connect the economically disadvantaged with local opportunities.
Opening a Business: Duluth must work more closely with the business community to ensure family-supporting jobs remain in the city. I believe doing better begins with forming a better working relationship between the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce/Downtown Business Council. I will always vote for a right-sized, reasonable tax environment that encourages commerce. Most importantly, I will push for municipal funding of infrastructure like docks, shipping channels, railroads, interstate highways, and our international airport. These assets make Duluth the center of opportunity in the Northland and deserve investment.
What is the best way for voters to contact you?
The best way to contact me is by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Facebook. For voters who prefer mail, letters can be sent to: PO Box 3631 Duluth, MN 55803