Stam to run for at large Duluth City Council spot

Five people are now running for two at large seats.

Nancy Stam
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A retired nurse practitioner who moved to Duluth from Texas two years ago is the sixth person to announce plans to run for one of Duluth's two at large City Council seats.

Nancy Stam, of Duluth's Woodland neighborhood, said in a news release that she has two top priorities: health disparities and public safety.

“I was so excited to move here after hearing all the great opportunities Duluth had to offer," Stam said. "Now, after living here for two years, I see a Duluth that needs to get back to the basics in governing so this city can be a hallmark of the state once again.”

Stam moved to Duluth after her husband accepted a position with Essentia Health. Since the move, she has been involved in various community groups, according to the news release.

Another priority of Stam's is public infrastructure, starting with fixing the city's roads.


"Let’s get back to the basics of what city government is intended to do: provide citizens with livable conditions in all sectors — from roads to safety to jobs to leisure," she said. "I know how to get things done, and have the passion to help move ideas from concept to reality."

The city has four at large City Council seats and two of them will be on the ballot in November. At large councilor Zach Filipovich announced in April he would not be running for reelection.

Five other people have already announced their intentions to run for an at large councilor seat.

Another at large councilor, Terese Tomanek, who was appointed to her seat, said in March that she would be running for a full term.

Hannah Alstead, 25, Azrin Awal, 24, and Ashlie Castaldo, 34, all announced in May their intentions to run for an at large seat. Joe Macor, who lost his 2020 run for commissioner in St. Louis County District 3, announced his campaign for the at large seat Monday.

The council seats for the 2nd and 4th districts will also be on the ballot in November.

Renee Van Nett , 4th District Councilor and current council president, will run for reelection. Joel Sipress, 2nd District Councilor, will not run for reelection . Mike Mayou, who ran for City Council in 2019, is running for Sipress' seat , as is Dave Zbaracki, who also announced his bid on Wednesday.

Any candidate who wishes to run must file affidavits with the city clerk between June 1 and June 15.

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