Former Duluth City Councilor and two-term Council President Noah Hobbs will seek a spot on the St. Louis County Board, he announced Friday.
Hobbs will seek the 3rd District seat being vacated by Beth Olson and representing West Duluth and beyond, to the Fond du Lac neighborhood.
“I’m engaged and have been active in my neighborhood for nearly a decade," Hobbs said in his announcement. "The County Board is a way for me to continue to give back through public service."
Hobbs said he's secured endorsements already from a handful of local politicians, including state Sen. Erik Simonson, DFL-Duluth, School Board Chair Jill Lofald and city councilors Renee Van Nett, Arik Forsman and Barb Russ.
Hobbs was defeated in November's Duluth City Council at large race, with 8,717 votes compared to Derek Medved (9,068) and Forsman (8,972), who were elected.
Hobbs identified several issues he wanted to address as a county commissioner: “Some of the largest issues we face as in Duluth and in the county are housing access and choice, our opioid and mental health crisis, our region's childcare shortage, workforce development, homelessness, and our out of home foster care system," he said. "I have the depth of knowledge; experience and ability to find common ground to continue to tackle these issues head-on.”
Hobbs notably meets residents using his own cup-of-coffee initiative. Designed to meet 100 community members, he's met and went beyond that, continuing with the effort to this day.
“I look forward to having continued conversations and having more face-to-face conversations over cups of coffee with my friends and neighbors from Lincoln Park to Fond du Lac,” he said.
Hobbs is the first candidate to announce in the 3rd District race.
Second District Commissioner Patrick Boyle has already announced he will seek reelection.
Fifth District Commissioner Keith Musolf and Board Chair Mike Jugovich, of Chisholm and representing the 7th District, have not yet announced their intentions.