Candidate view - Duluth City Council - Ryan StauberI’ve spent the last five months knocking on thousands of your doors across the city, through the rain, the heat, and most recently the snow, and frequently I’m asked the same question, “Why are you running? Why would you want to torment yourself so?”
By: Ryan Stauber, For the Budgeteer News
City Council at Large
I’ve spent the last five months knocking on thousands of your doors across the city, through the rain, the heat, and most recently the snow, and frequently I’m asked the same question, “Why are you running? Why would you want to torment yourself so?” The answer isn’t just that I’m a native-born Duluthian, who has a background of community service and a professional history in public safety, who wants to see us do “better.” It’s because I want to keep a healthy balance on our council. It’s probably not the most common answer, but it’s honest. We need smart, level-headed councilors to help make sure that our council decisions are well debated and thought out, to make sure we don’t take the first possible answer and move on without debate because no one raises objections.
That mentality is going to be needed when we start to find a long overdue solution to our crumbling infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, and everything underneath), my top priority. We’ll have to find something that lasts us decades and not a year-by-year bandage. We’ll have to make sure it’s fair and equitable; we’re not going to tax someone out of their house or out of their business. And we have to make sure we’re environmentally conscious, use the most efficient new technology, and that we prioritize our needs. My other priorities are to strengthen our public safety — as a 911 dispatcher I literally keep an ear to the beat of the public and know where we’re strong and where we’re weak — and empowering citizens so that community meetings aren’t a formality to the government process.
I’ve dedicated my life to making sure we’re all safe, happy, and successful, and I’d be honored to have earned your vote so I can bring that mentality to City Hall.