Arik Forsman was appointed as an At Large member of the Duluth City Council in 2018 and was honored to have been elected to the same post in 2019. He is the current council Vice President and chairs the Recreation, Libraries and Authorities committee. Forsman also represents the council as a board member for the 1200 Fund and Community Action Duluth. He also serves as the council liaison to the Library Board and Parks & Recreation Commission and has previously chaired the council's Public Works and Personnel committees.
In his time on the council, Forsman has co-sponsored various initiatives, including the COVID-19 face mask ordinance, creation of the NQT2SLGBIA commission, an award to recognize local businesses and entrepreneurs, support for expanding broadband access across the city, declaring a climate emergency, and advocacy for federal and state funding to provide more resources and relief for local taxpayers. Forsman was also highlighted in the Washington Post in 2019 for his leadership in addressing Duluth's child care shortage.
Forsman has worked at Minnesota Power since 2012 and currently helps lead their business retention, expansion, and recruitment efforts across northeastern and central Minnesota. Arik has a passion for service and is also chair of the board for the Northspan Group and Laurentian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a member of the board for the Greater Downtown Council, and has previously served on various other boards, commissions, and task forces. Some of his past involvement includes service on the Duluth Earned Sick and Safe Time Task Force, St. Louis County Civil Service Commission, and the Northland Human Resource Association board. The Duluth News Tribune named Forsman as a member of 2020's "20 Under 40" class.
Arik and his wife, Jessica, moved to Duluth to attend UMD after both graduating from Mesabi East High School in Aurora, MN. The Forsmans live in Kenwood with their two young children and are proud hockey fans, having attended the past five Frozen Fours that the UMD men's hockey team have competed in. Go Bulldogs!