Ashlie Castaldo will formally announce her campaign for an at large Duluth City Council seat at noon Monday in Enger Park.
Castaldo, age 34, was born and raised in Duluth and now serves as the digital marketing director of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights.
A graduate of Denfeld High School, she went on to earn a bachelor's degree in religion and sociology from Greenville University in southern Illinois and a master's degree in behavioral health from the University of Illinois Springfield. But Castaldo said that after several years away, she longed for home.
"It really made me fall in love with Duluth all over again. So I came back here with my family, and I'm raising my kid here now," said Castaldo, the mother of an 8-year-old boy.
"I really want to give back to the city I love so much," said Castaldo, adding that she hopes to provide solutions that help meet residents' needs. "I want to be a voice for the people."
"But I also see a lot of issues with affordable housing as well as economic growth. I feel like Duluth is at a place where it really could be taken to the next level, and I want to help put forth ideas that will help us get to where we need and be and become the best city we can be," she said.
Castaldo is the fourth candidate to enter the race for two at large Duluth City Council seats that will be up for election in November. Also running are: incumbent Terese Tomanek; Azrin Awal, a student at the University of Minnesota Duluth; and Hannah Alstead, an outreach director for Sen. Tina Smith, D- Minnesota.