City Clerk

Candidate Information

2023 Municipal Candidate Filings

Candidate Information

Candidate filings open on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 and close on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. 

Last Day to Withdraw: Thursday, June 1, 2023 

The following seats will be on the ballot in 2023

  • Mayor
  • Two City Councilors-at-Large 
  • City Councilor – First District (Precincts 1-7)
  • City Councilor - Third District (Precincts 14-19)
  • City Councilor - Fourth District (Precincts 21-27)
  • City Councilor – Fifth District (Precincts 28-35)



- Roger Reinert

- Emily Larson

- Robert David Schieve

- Jair Dosser (Withdrawn)

- Jesse Peterson

- Julie A. Mead


City Councilor: At-Large (2)

- Ashlie Castaldo

- Jenna Yeakle

- Shawn A. Savela

- Miranda Pacheco

- Lynn Marie Nephew

- Arik Forsman

- Asher Estrin-Haire

- Therese Wisocki


City Councilor: First District

- Timothy Meyer

- Wendy Durrwachter


City Councilor: Third District

- Roz Randorf


City Councilor: Fourth District

- Tara Swenson

- Nathaniel James Rankin

- Salaam F. Witherspoon

- Bruce Firmin Woodman

- Howie Hanson


City Council: Fifth District

- Janet Kennedy

- Ginka Tarnowski



Frequently Asked Questions

For City of Duluth offices, the fee is $20.00

  • Must be an eligible voter in the subdivision in which you seek the nomination for office.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or more upon assuming office.
  • Must reside in your election district for at least 30 days prior to the general election on November 7, 2023
  • When either the candidate or candidates committee receives and/or disburses $750, the first report is required within 14 days.
  • In addition to the $750 filing requirement, the dates listed on the following calendar show the dates that ALL candidates and committees need to file a report, along with other important election-related dates. This report is NOT to be an accumulative report, but from the date of the last report.

Section 39 of the Duluth City Charter states...

Sec. 39.  Municipal elections; financial disclosures by political committees.

          For the purposes of this Section, all terms shall have the meanings given them in Chapter 210A, Minnesota Statutes, 1984.

          Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, all political committees shall file with the city clerk verified financial disclosure statements as provided herein for all municipal primary, general and special elections including all ballot questions, referendums and initiatives but excluding school board elections. Such statement shall be verified under oath of the secretary, chairman or treasurer of such committee, and shall contain the following:

          (a)     The name and address of each contributor and/or pledgor who has contributed and/or pledged sums of money, items of property, or other things of value which total in aggregate amount during that year $100 or more, together with an itemized list of each contribution and/or pledge made by each such contributor and/or pledgor which includes the date of each contribution and/or pledge;

          (b)     The total of all contributions and all pledges from all sources;

          (c)     Every disbursement by such committee during such period, together with the name of every person to whom the disbursement is made, the specific purpose for which each was made, and the date when each was made, together with the total amount of disbursements made in any amounts or manner;

          (d)     Every obligation, expressed or implied, to make any disbursement incurred by such committee during such period, together with the names of the person or persons to or with whom each such obligation has been incurred, the specific purposes for which each was made, and the date when each was incurred, together with the total amount of such obligations made in any amounts or manner.

          Such statement shall be filed ten days before any municipal primary election, ten days before any regular or special municipal election and 30 days after any regular or special municipal election and shall cover all transactions for the period from the last previous report to five days before the current report is due. Transactions after the fifth day before filing shall be included in the next reporting period. Each statement shall contain a summary of all preceding statements. In addition, when the last statement filed by any committee indicates that its total disbursements and obligations exceed its total contributions and pledges, such committee shall file additional statements on January 31 of the next four succeeding years, or until all obligations have been paid, whichever occurs first, listing all contributions and pledges not previously listed but required to be disclosed under (a) and (b) above. Such statements shall be made in the manner provided in this Section, and shall cover the preceding calendar year, but no statement need be filed for any year where no contributions or pledges are received. The requirements imposed herein shall be in addition to any imposed by statute. Any person who violates this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor. For purposes of enforcing this Section, the chairperson and treasurer of a political committee shall be jointly and severally responsible for submitting the reports required herein.

The Secretary of State’s office sells voter registration lists for various prices, depending on the area requested and the media type. The order form can be accessed online.