Candidate view - Duluth City Council - Barb RussAs a candidate for City Council at Large, I am frequently asked about my experience and training. In addition to working as an assistant county attorney for 33 years, I have served on many nonprofit boards.
By: Barb Russ, Duluth News Tribune
City Council at Large
As a candidate for City Council at Large, I am frequently asked about my experience and training. In addition to working as an assistant county attorney for 33 years, I have served on many nonprofit boards including PAVSA, Woodland Hills, YWCA, Duluth Sister Cities, as well as the board of trustees for Pilgrim Congregational Church and the Eleventh District Bar Association. I was the chair of several of these.
All have provided an important service to the community but one stands out in particular, and that is Community Action Duluth, on which I currently serve. What I especially like about this agency is its mission to “build assets that prevent poverty, create equality and strengthen our social fabric.”
I encourage you to go to its website at CommunityActionDuluth.org. There you will find information about CAD in the 2012 annual report. According to the report, Community Action Duluth helped financial and employment coaching participants find jobs, increase their credit scores, buy cars, purchase homes, or pay for college.
In a city where one in four people live in poverty, CAD provides critical services. For several years, I have volunteered at the Tax Site which last year, with 197 volunteers, prepared 3208 tax returns, returning over $2 million to the local economy. The report also provides information about the Stream Corps that employs under- and unemployed Duluthians who plant trees and shrubs by Duluth streams to prevent erosion. Seeds for Success employs seven people and in 2012 grew 6000 pounds of produce.
Experience matters. Through my volunteer community board work and job as an attorney for St. Louis County, I learned how to work with others and to find solutions to problems. Please vote for me on November 5, so I can bring my experience and knowledge of our community to the Duluth City Council.
To learn more about Russ visit: http://www.barbrussforduluth.com.