Joel Sipress announced Thursday that he will not run for office again this November. He was appointed to the Duluth City Council in 2014, filling out the remainder of 2nd District Councilor Patrick Boyle's term, after he left to serve on the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners. Sipress won election to the post in 2017, and that same year, his council peers tapped him to serve as president of the body.
In a statement issued Thursday, Sipress said, "Serving the people of Duluth's 2nd District as their representative in city government has been a tremendous privilege. It was never my plan to pursue a career in politics, and after eight years, it is time for someone else to take a turn representing our district."
Besides serving on the council, Sipress also is a member of he the Duluth Public Utilities Commission and the board of the Duluth Housing and Rehabilitation Authority. Sipress is employed as a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.