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We have 17 days to go! And, we are almost done with debate season! This past Tuesday we were LIVE on KBJR. We have one more this coming week at WDSE on Thursday at 7:30pm. We will have had 13 in total, and 7 are publicly available. We’ve included the links to the others below, and I encourage you to give them a watch.
We are revisiting the 5 Big Issues over the last few weeks leading up to the election, and this week we discussed STREETS!!! We’re all talking about the condition of our streets last winter. Last spring. This summer. And let’s be honest – still this fall. Plowing season is also just right around the corner, and last winter was a struggle. If nothing changes, nothing changes. So, let’s consider tangible and practical steps the next Mayor and Administration can take to improve our failing streets.
The election is now just ONE MONTH from today! November 7th. As we race to the finish line, I encourage all our RFD supporters to buckle up! We have observed a steady trendline since our big win in the Primary: daily press conferences announcing studies, task forces, and a renewed interest in core city services. Combined with more and more negative attacks. We are in a, “throw everything at RFD and see what sticks” phase.
Lake of the Isles, or Lake Superior? Back on August 12th, supporters of the other team held a $6,000/person fundraiser in Minneapolis. This week we we found out how that money is being spent. First, the push poll via text last weekend. Push polls are a negative campaigning technique used to influence voters by asking specific questions about an issue or a candidate. They present as an objective opinion poll, but use loaded questions to mislead or bias the recipient.
Yesterday marked another huge campaign milestone: EARLY VOTING! For months many of you have told me you’d vote tomorrow if you could, and now you can! Early voting is simple and easy. You can cast your vote now if you’re ready, and still join us on November 7th to celebrate!
Really great to finally have that first big debate in the books! We spent the hour talking about YOUR five Big Issues. These are not a list of complaints. They are shared concerns, and opportunities, for us to do better. You affirmed that with your 63% vote of support in the Primary, and it was reaffirmed in a recent survey published by the Duluth Chamber Foundation.
59 days until the General Election, and 13 days to the start of early voting! We are SOOO close! I hope you’re as excited as I am! We are entering another new phase in the campaign: Debate season! We have had a few smaller ones along the way but the first big one is set this week on Wednesday at noon at The Garden in Canal Park. It’s hosted by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce and the Duluth News Tribune. This discussion is open to the public, and I encourage EVERYONE to attend!
It seems like just yesterday we were standing in the cold outside the Piedmont Community Center, and now here we are, the end of summer! 20 days to the start of early voting on September 22nd, and 66 to November 7th! This weekend is a BIG one with Labor Day events, Duluth-Superior Pride, and the last few days of break before the start of school!
Earlier this week I made comments in response to the proposed City Budget. Core city services have been a top priority since the beginning of our campaign. From a call last spring to restore cuts to public safety, to our big state of the city response, we have said city services must be effective and efficient, and our property taxes must be affordable and sustainable.
What a week! Primary Day! We have passed another significant milestone in our journey to be Duluth’s next Mayor, and I could not be more honored, humbled and grateful for the outcome – all due to all of your support. We have heard from one end of the town to another that it is time for something different, and the results this week reinforced your message.
In 2016 the City of Duluth General Fund was $80M. In 2022, it was $106M. A 25% increase. In 2016 the City property tax levy was $24.2M. In 2022, it was $43.6M. And that was after a proposed 9% property tax levy increase last fall. That’s a 56% increase in the city property tax levy over the past eight years. No Duluthian I know has seen a 25%, or 56%, increase in their wages over the same time period.
One week from today is a VERY special day: PRIMARY ELECTION DAY!!! I am so motivated, inspired, and grateful to the many who have said you are getting involved with local elections again – or, for the first time. The key to winning any election is getting out and making sure your vote counts.
It seems like winter was forever ago, so it’s easy to forget our struggles with plowing. Then the condition of our streets this spring . . . and let’s be honest this summer as well. Streets, utilities, and public safety are basic expectations that residents have from our City.
This week, I tackle the next topic: commercial tax base development. We have to work hard to give Duluth a reputation as a great place to do business. Because in Minnesota, commercial property tax pays most of the bill when it comes to funding core city service: streets, utilities, and public safety. So when we’re not doing a good job growing our commercial tax base, we see that burden shift to residential – which we have all seen and felt.
It is hard to believe we are now just 38 days until the Primary! We are continuing to get out, and after it out in the community – our #everywhere #allthetime campaign. Attending RhubarbFest, Taste of Greece, the Park Point Art Fair, the Firefighter PFAS awareness film “Burned”, and a fundraiser for the Duluth Ballet. This is just to name a few. Literally!
SUPER excited to share that it’s time! Our first big blast of yard signs are going out this weekend. We’re putting out several hundred, including a few big ones! If you missed signing up earlier. please send us an email at email@example.com with your name, contact info, and the address! We’ll get you one asap.
We use words like “running” and “race” when we talk about elections, and as many of you know I’m not just a candidate for Mayor – but also an avid runner. Each year, I typically have multiple running and race goals, but in 2023 when people ask me – “What’s your goal this year?” I answer: for Duluth to have a meaningful choice in November.
The theme in the first phase of our campaign was, “Everywhere; All The Time”. And, in this next phase nothing’s changing. You’ll see the same energy, positivity, and force that you’ve come to expect from our campaign. I’m continuing to have lots of great 1-1 and small group conversations (Let me tell you about streets! Or the City budget! Or market-rate housing development!), but now that it’s FINALLY summer in Duluth we’re adding in those favorite community events – and a few of our own!
I have an exciting new project to share: a PODCAST! We’re calling it, “Good Talk”, and our first episode is now available! In episode #1, I chat with Shane Bauer, Executive Director of Grandma’s Marathon. Shane gives us a peak behind the scenes of the event, and how COVID impacted large scale events in Duluth – and across the nation.
Tuesday marked a significant milestone in our campaign – official FILING to become your next Mayor of Duluth! I set a goal to be the first candidate to file for any office this election season, and as someone who does what they say they are going to (with a sprint up the steps of City Hall) – I did! To be honest, completing the paperwork to make this official was a little emotional. Duluth, I am so excited to get to work for you!
This week we finished up our last of six Coffee & Conversations with another great turnout at Yellow Bike Coffee! These chats have been among my absolute favorite part of the campaign. At each event we have had people from different walks of life and political perspectives meet each other, share their concerns, and offer ideas. Did they walk away suddenly agreeing on everything? Nope. But they did speak to each other, listen to each other, and reflect on shared values.
I announced almost four months ago that I was running to be YOUR next Mayor of Duluth – and this week made a little news when I shared that I will not be seeking political party endorsements. The Office of the Mayor is non-partisan, and I’m working hard for the endorsement of everyday Duluthians.
Last week for Tax Day we went over facts about City of Duluth taxes and revenue. Last weekend, most of us received our proposed property values for 2024. Mine were a bit eye-popping at 15%, and based on what you all have told me, mine were on the low side.
We’re all ready to start enjoying warm temperatures right?? But these nice temps are also bringing headaches as we deal with rapid snowmelt and our associated aging infrastructure issues. We know about snow removal and potholes. The news this week was flooded basements from overloaded storm sewers. I heard about these concerns again, and more, at our most recent Coffee & Conversation.
If you are new here… WELCOME! I’ve made SO many new connections recently – including over 650 of you chatting with me at the Arrowhead Home and Builders show last weekend! Duluth, you have been talking with and introducing yourselves to me over this campaign, so I wanted to take this opportunity for ME to introduce myself to YOU!
I’m hoping you survived another pair of classic mid-March Duluth back to back snowstorms! They left us all talking about effective and efficient core city services. Hopefully, you caught the real-time video I did last weekend on social media! Duluth deserves consistent communication to all residents.
Roger shares a message about the importance of positive campaigning in the race for Duluth mayor.
Roger was overwhelmed by messages supporting and encouraging his campaign for Duluth mayor. He recorded a message thanking all those who reached out.
Roger announced his candidacy for Duluth mayor Jan. 12 with a message of “expect more, do better.”
Roger looks back with gratitude on an amazing first two weeks of his campaign for Duluth mayor.
On the same day he held a news conference to launch his run for Duluth mayor, Roger shared a video message directly with the city he hopes to lead.