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Kennedy to run for Duluth City Council again

Janet Kennedy

Janet Kennedy issued a news release Tuesday announcing her intentions to formally enter the race for Duluth's 5th District City Council seat at a Monday evening event.

"I am running for the District 5 Duluth City Council because I know we can make a difference together, building a western community of neighborhoods with opportunities for everyone to live, work and play," she said in a press release.

"Community investment begins with the community, and my vision includes building on the unique assets that western Duluth has to offer," she said.

Kennedy is a lifelong resident of West Duluth and currently serves as president of the Duluth Planning Commission as well as president of Riverfront Community Development. She was appointed by Mayor Emily Larson to serve on a committee that developed the Imagine Duluth 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The campaign Kennedy plans to launch Monday will mark her third bid to serve on the Duluth City Council. In 2017, she unsuccessfully ran for an At Large seat.

In 2015, she challenged incumbent 5th District Councilor Jay Fosle but lost to him. Fosle is currently serving his 12th year on the council and has not yet announced whether he will seek another term.

Kennedy is the second person to enter the 5th District race so far, joining Ashley Grimm, who manages children's and youth programs at the Damiano Center and has served on the Duluth Human Rights commission since 2012.

In a statement released Tuesday, Kennedy said: "For too long, western Duluth has suffered from a lack of leadership on the Council. Whether it is standing with the firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every single day, or fighting for the working mother, who is trying to make a better life for her kids. I will be a voice for them and for all of us."

Kennedy's Monday campaign kickoff event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave.