Mike Mayou became the first candidate to announce that he will enter the race for Duluth's 2nd District City Council seat Monday.

Late last week, Sipress put out a news release saying that he would not seek reelection.

Mayou issued a statement saying: "The 2nd District has a rich history of coming together to elect city councilors who work hard alongside residents to make sure our community and our city thrives. I will work for and with every member of our district to make sure we carry that legacy forward."

Mayou said he grew up in a union family and became active in local organizing and politics at a young age. He earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and management information from the University of Minnesota Duluth and now works as an admissions marketing for the same school. He also is employed by the information technology department of the Duluth Public Schools. Mayou has served on the Duluth Community Development Committee, the DFL State Central Committee and the Senate District 7 DFL Party Executive Board. In his spare time, Mayou enjoys nature and landscape photography.

This will mark Mayou's second bid for a seat on the Duluth City Council, as he made it through an at large primary in 2019 but lost in the general election.

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