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Challenger's View: Who will eastern Duluth pick for County Board?

All in Duluth district need to be represented [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1217550","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"120","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"82"}}]]Over the years I saw a need for new and be...

All in Duluth district need to be represented  
Over the years I saw a need for new and better housing in Duluth, and I was appointed by Mayor Don Ness to the Duluth Housing Authority. First I was a board member, and then I was chairman for three years. I worked hard and was dedicated to bringing the San Marco, Matterhorn, Harbor Highlands, Village Place, MAC-V, Firehouse Flats, and Gimaajii housing projects to reality. Today they house many low-income residents. I was involved in the beginning talks for the Hillside Apartments, now known as the Steve O’Neil Apartments. Today, it is being completed and soon it will open. I worked in collaboration with the Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA), the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), the Land Trust, Center City Housing and other community entities. I know how to work with other organizations for the betterment of our county. I have a history of standing for the most vulnerable in our community. I have been a good friend of Health and Human Services and the Duluth Hillside. I fight for the elderly and the low-income members of Duluth whenever I speak in front of the City Council; most recently I spoke against an additional fee for potholes. I will be a strong voice to maintain our current tax levy or to lower it. I was a full-time single parent for 16 years. I know how hard it is to pinch pennies to stay within a budget. The citizens of St. Louis County cannot continue to give up their income to balance an ever-growing budget. The county needs to work within its current budget. I will find ways to balance the budget without raising the tax levy on the most vulnerable in our county. I spent 22 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring in 1999. I am a proud member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard. Being a disabled veteran myself, I would be a strong advocate for the veterans community in the county. I will make sure all veterans in St. Louis County are afforded the best service we can offer. I will strive to ensure every veteran is treated with the dignity and respect he or she has earned. Every Thanksgiving, I clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. And every Christmas Eve, I am in charge of the dining room for the free Christmas dinner at the VFW in West Duluth. I believe in service to our community. I would bring many needed qualities to the County Board at a time when it seems it could use a passionate voice for the most vulnerable in Duluth, namely the elderly and veterans. If nonferrous mining companies can meet all the standards set forth by the nine state, federal and tribal regulatory bodies, they need to be allowed to operate, I believe. It is the duty and the responsibility of the federal, state and tribal regulatory bodies to protect the public, and we need to trust in these agencies. I am the best candidate to represent the entire 1st District, not just a few select special-interest groups. I will be a strong voice for the most vulnerable, the elderly and veterans. I have a proven track record of being present at meetings and working with others for the betterment of our community. Now I want to continue to work for you as your county commissioner. I ask for your support and your vote. Jim Booth of Duluth is a candidate for St. Louis County Board in District 1.     Hear from the dandidates St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell and District 1 challenger Jim Booth participated in a candidate forum last month sponsored by the News Tribune. Watch it on-demand anytime at duluthnewstribune.com. Jewell and Booth are scheduled to participate in another candidate forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Duluth City Council Chambers. This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Duluth. For information about this and other LWV-sponsored candidate forums go to lwvduluth.org.All in Duluth district need to be represented 
Over the years I saw a need for new and better housing in Duluth, and I was appointed by Mayor Don Ness to the Duluth Housing Authority. First I was a board member, and then I was chairman for three years. I worked hard and was dedicated to bringing the San Marco, Matterhorn, Harbor Highlands, Village Place, MAC-V, Firehouse Flats, and Gimaajii housing projects to reality. Today they house many low-income residents. I was involved in the beginning talks for the Hillside Apartments, now known as the Steve O’Neil Apartments. Today, it is being completed and soon it will open. I worked in collaboration with the Spirit Valley Citizens Neighborhood Development Association (SVCNDA), the Duluth Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC), the Land Trust, Center City Housing and other community entities.I know how to work with other organizations for the betterment of our county. I have a history of standing for the most vulnerable in our community. I have been a good friend of Health and Human Services and the Duluth Hillside.I fight for the elderly and the low-income members of Duluth whenever I speak in front of the City Council; most recently I spoke against an additional fee for potholes. I will be a strong voice to maintain our current tax levy or to lower it.I was a full-time single parent for 16 years. I know how hard it is to pinch pennies to stay within a budget. The citizens of St. Louis County cannot continue to give up their income to balance an ever-growing budget. The county needs to work within its current budget. I will find ways to balance the budget without raising the tax levy on the most vulnerable in our county.I spent 22 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring in 1999. I am a proud member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard. Being a disabled veteran myself, I would be a strong advocate for the veterans community in the county. I will make sure all veterans in St. Louis County are afforded the best service we can offer. I will strive to ensure every veteran is treated with the dignity and respect he or she has earned.Every Thanksgiving, I clean up at the Thanksgiving dinner at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. And every Christmas Eve, I am in charge of the dining room for the free Christmas dinner at the VFW in West Duluth. I believe in service to our community. I would bring many needed qualities to the County Board at a time when it seems it could use a passionate voice for the most vulnerable in Duluth, namely the elderly and veterans.If nonferrous mining companies can meet all the standards set forth by the nine state, federal and tribal regulatory bodies, they need to be allowed to operate, I believe. It is the duty and the responsibility of the federal, state and tribal regulatory bodies to protect the public, and we need to trust in these agencies.I am the best candidate to represent the entire 1st District, not just a few select special-interest groups. I will be a strong voice for the most vulnerable, the elderly and veterans. I have a proven track record of being present at meetings and working with others for the betterment of our community.Now I want to continue to work for you as your county commissioner. I ask for your support and your vote.Jim Booth of Duluth is a candidate for St. Louis County Board in District 1.  Hear from the dandidates St. Louis County Commissioner Frank Jewell and District 1 challenger Jim Booth participated in a candidate forum last month sponsored by the News Tribune. Watch it on-demand anytime at duluthnewstribune.com. Jewell and Booth are scheduled to participate in another candidate forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Duluth City Council Chambers. This forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters Duluth. For information about this and other LWV-sponsored candidate forums go to lwvduluth.org.

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