Andrew Jarocki announced Friday that he will run for an open seat representing Duluth's 2nd District on the City Council, joining three other candidates, including Andrew Hilfers, who quietly entered the race unannounced.

Jarocki is a 2016 graduate of Marshall High School who went on to earn a degree in political science and public policy at the University of Notre Dame. He currently serves as a Lead for America fellow working on public housing policy in the region.

Andrew Jarocki
Andrew Jarocki

Hilfers graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2020 with a degree in education. He has been employed as a long-term substitute teacher at Ordean Middle School and plans to work as a biology teacher at Denfeld High School during its summer school session.

Andrew Hilfers
Andrew Hilfers

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In a news release, Jarocki said: "Our neighborhoods need a city council that encourages economic opportunity and invests in public safety. I am excited to get to work."

Hilfers believes more can be done to encourage young people to stay in Duluth and contribute to the economy after graduating from college.

"So many of the people I know came up from the Cities, went to school here, got their degrees and then moved back to the Cities," he said.

Two other 2nd District candidates previously launched their campaigns: Mike Mayou, who works in admissions and marketing for UMD, and Dave Zbaracki, a ski coach and salesman.

Joel Sipress, the incumbent 2nd District councilor, is not running for reelection.

The deadline for City Council candidates to file is Tuesday, June 15.