Vote Terese Tomanek for Duluth City Council At-Large November 2nd!


“I'm fully committed to ensuring that all residents, regardless of zip code and socio-economic background, have opportunities to succeed, thrive, and build their futures.” —Terese Tomanek

MEET TERESE

Terese Tomanek is a UMD graduate who fell in love with the city and decided to make it the place where she settled, opened her business, and together with her husband Steve, raised her family. Her love of this city and heart of service convinced her to seek an appointment to fill the at-large seat of her friend and mentor, Barb Russ. Having been an effective leader in the nine months since she was unanimously voted onto Council by her fellow Councilors, Terese chose to run for election this November.

Terese has lived in Duluth for 40 years. She and her husband have owned their home here and raised an adult son and daughter. She owned and managed her own business for 16 years and has worked as a chaplain for the past 10 years at Essentia Health, UMD and Woodland Hills, now The Hills. Terese holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University, and a Master’s of Divinity from St. John’s University. Terese is an avid walker, biker, reader, and baker. She is interested in listening to the voices and concerns of the community.

Come and meet Terese this year at our Tuesdays with Terese events, coming to a neighborhood park near you!

ACHIEVEMENTS

As a Duluth At-Large Councilor Terese has:
  • co-authored the mask ordinance for Duluth along with fellow Councilor Forsman
  • co-authored letters of support for the Philando Castile Omnibus bill
  • co-authored letter to state legislators to exempt small businesses from paying taxes on PPP funds
  • helped save a child care center that was in imminent danger of closing
  • served on the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) task force
  • reinstituted (and chair) the Intergovernmental Relations Committee of the City Council
  • advocated for safe opening and funding for libraries and museums in the city budget
  • supported the declaration of a Climate Emergency in Duluth, and the establishment of a city Climate Action Work Plan

ENDORSEMENTS

“Terese Tomanek quickly found her footing as a Councilor. She is effective, focused and eager to understand how government can make people’s lives better."

—Duluth Mayor Emily Larson

"Terese Tomanek is thoughtful, informed, and compassionate—that’s exactly the type of city councilor we need during these difficult times. Councilor Tomanek continues to impress with her pragmatic style. I’m happy to support her campaign in hopes that Duluthians will continue to benefit from her leadership."

—Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness

“I am excited to support Councilor Tomanek’s election for at-large City Council because the equity lens she works from is in the best interest of the community.”

—Duluth City Council President Renee Van Nett

"Terese Tomanek is one of the most capable and humble leaders I know. She works tirelessly, listens to all perspectives, and cares deeply about people. No matter the issue, she seeks to do what is right—not what is easy or convenient. We are lucky to have her as our at-large Duluth City Councilor."

—Duluth City Council Vice President Arik Forsman

"Terese is a hard worker, a collaborator and will continue to lead on the tough issues facing our city.”

—Duluth City Councilor Zack Filipovich

PLATFORM

Terese looks at all issues through the lens of equity. 

She has championed opportunities for community development and housing as her areas of focus, and believes that all residents should have the opportunity to grow and thrive in a city that supports them.


PANDEMIC
RECOVERY

Open our schools and businesses safely to get our residents working and thriving again!

  • built alliance to pass a mask ordinance weeks before state mandate
  • has sewn and distributed masks to community
  • advocated making PPP loans tax exempt for small businesses
  • voted to support CARES ACT funding
  • provided food for CHUM and Loaves and Fishes
  • participated in labor sponsored food distribution

HOUSING
EXPANSION

Everyone has a right to safe housing, and Duluth needs affordable options for our citizens.

  • increasing housing for all
  • more housing for seniors
  • rehabilitate and reoccupy unoccupied housing
  • building more starter homes for young families
  • increase housing stock for employees of new to our area businesses
  • encourage construction of more apartments (large and small)
  • creation of a housing trust fund with a portion of the American Rescue Plan

SUPPORT
FOR FAMILIES

An expanding economy built on equity leaves no one behind as we move forward. 

  • work to preserve and expand childcare
  • served on Earned Sick and Safe Time task force
  • avid proponent of funding and safely opening libraries and museums
  • chair of Council Intragovernment Committee working on broadband issues
  • strong supporter of parks and green spaces
  • raised her family with husband Steve in Duluth and was active in PTA and school sports

TUESDAYS WITH TERESE!

Terese will be hosting “Tuesdays with Terese” in Duluth’s neighborhood parks as a way for you to get to know her, and for her to hear your opinions, issues, and concerns. You can check out the dates and locations on this website, and on our Facebook page, Terese for Duluth City Council.