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Jay Cole enters 3rd District Duluth council race

Social entrepreneur, videographer and solar energy activist Jay Cole has announced he will run for the Duluth City Council Third District seat. Cole, 52, will seek the central Duluth district seat being vacated by incumbent Sharla Gardner, who ha...

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Jay Cole

Social entrepreneur, videographer and solar energy activist Jay Cole has announced he will run for the Duluth City Council Third District seat.

Cole, 52, will seek the central Duluth district seat being vacated by incumbent Sharla Gardner, who has decided not to run for re-election.

Cole joins two other announced candidates, Barri Love and Em Westerlund, for the Third District. If all three file for the race as expected, it will set up a September primary, with the top two candidates advancing to the November general election.

While the City Council seats are nonpartisan, Cole describes himself as a conservative Christian on his website and Facebook page.

He previously worked at Minnesota Adults and Teen Challenge where he served as a recovery coach. He currently does freelance media productions and videography and previously worked for television stations in Duluth.

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"I believe in Duluth and I want to create positive change here,'' Cole told the News Tribune, saying redevelopment of the Central High School site is a key issue as well as development of downtown "and creating more job opportunities for people."

Cole ran for the Minnesota House in 2008 as an independent, losing to DFLer Roger Reinert, and in the 2010 DFL primary for the western Duluth House seat, losing to Duluth City Councilor Kerry Gauthier by a 77-23 percent margin.

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