I am an architect who has lived in Duluth now for 31 years. I have spent the majority of that time on professional, recreational, and voluntary involvements in Duluth and Superior. I have served on five city of Duluth commissions: the Duluth Public Arts Commission, the Downtown Waterfront Design Review Committee, the Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission, and, most recently, the Duluth Planning Commission for two terms that expired this past April. I am also currently serving on the Superior Historic Preservation Commission.

In 2009, at the bottom of the recession, I started my business, Meyer Group Architecture. We just celebrated our 12th year.

Based on all of these experiences, I decided to run for City Council At Large: to help lead our city forward following this difficult year of pandemic and social unrest.

My campaign platform is based on getting back to the business of running our city government and placing our focus on increasing the quality of life for all Duluth residents.

I have six top campaign platform items.

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One, diversify our economy in Duluth by creating more manufacturing and technology industry development, including a focus on recruiting manufacturers of green products. The focus is on increasing our tax base.

Two, focus on a plan to repair and replace our residential streets and aging sewer and water infrastructure.

Three, expand housing options and tiers of housing in Duluth, including tiny homes, affordable housing, multi-family homes, and mid- to high-end homes.

Four, increase diversity, inclusion, equality, and opportunity for people of color. This will increase economic opportunity for all.

Five, privatize the management of city-owned enterprises like Spirit Mountain, Lake Superior Zoo, the Enger and Lester Park golf courses, and city water and gas in an effort to increase profitability.

And six, increase funding to police, EMS, and firefighters and support law-enforcement reformation and community-policing training approaches like compassion and de-escalation tactics, where possible

When I came to Duluth in 1990, it was not long after the famous billboard urging the last person leaving town to please turn out the lights. I had every friend and family member I knew try to talk me out of moving to Duluth. But the lights never went out in Duluth, and we are back and better than ever.

I remember bumper stickers that said “We are Duluth and proud of it.” Well, we are still proud of Duluth, and I love my adopted community. I would take it as a highlight of my life to serve the citizens of Duluth on our City Council.

Tim Meyer is one of eight candidates running for two open At Large seats on the Duluth City Council. Four of the candidates will advance from the Aug. 10 primary to Election Day on Nov. 2. All candidates were invited by the News Tribune Opinion page to write columns.