Arik Forsman has announced that he will seek election to the At Large Duluth City Council seat he currently occupies.

The 30-year-old regional development representative for Minnesota Power/Allete was appointed to serve out the remainder of Elissa Hansen’s term when she stepped down from the council in July 2018 to take a new job as president and CEO of The Northspan Group Inc. Fellow councilors selected Forsman from a pool of 20 applicants to fill the council seat until 2020. At the time, he said he was uncertain if he would seek public election to the seat when his interim term ended.

In a news release announcing his candidacy Wednesday, however, Forsman said: “I wake up every day thinking about how I can help make life better for the people of Duluth. I am thrilled to announce my campaign to serve for four more years and will work tirelessly to continue earning the trust and respect of Duluthians in every neighborhood of the city.”

Forsman grew up in Aurora and enrolled at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2006. He has made his home in the community ever since. Forsman and his wife, Jessica, a guidance counselor at Duluth East High School, are the parents of a daughter and son, Amelia and Arlo.