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Reader's view: Olson brings vision, balance to council

I feel strongly, in this day and age when females make up about half the population of Duluth, there should be more than one woman on our nine-person City Council. Maybe having more than one woman would cut down on the antics in which a few city ...

I feel strongly, in this day and age when females make up about half the population of Duluth, there should be more than one woman on our nine-person City Council. Maybe having more than one woman would cut down on the antics in which a few city councilors have engaged recently.

We need another woman there who's tough, who's not afraid to reach beyond her comfort zone and who has the life experience to truly understand the needs of all in our very diverse community. After all, the worldview of a construction worker living in Morgan Park is going to be quite different from that of a doctor living in Lakeside or a teacher living in the East Hillside.

That's why I think Beth Olson would be an excellent city councilor.

Olson doesn't live in the kind of bubble most of us live in as we go about our daily lives, working and socializing with people pretty much like us. Olson, the director of the Duluth Family Visitation Center, is a social worker who works with people from a variety of backgrounds -- many of them in crisis -- every single day. She's advocated during her entire adult life for those who often cannot speak for themselves. Plus, Olson works for a nonprofit. She knows how to stretch a budget during lean times. She knows how to make tough decisions. And she knows how to team with people unlike her to work together for a common goal.

Whether you are white or black, old or young, male or female, a West Duluthian or from the eastern part of the city, please join me in voting for Beth Olson for City Council. As an At-Large city councilor, she will indeed represent all of us, wherever we live in this great city.

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Claire Kirch

Duluth

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