My "Meet the Candidates" Presentation for Duluth PACT

Recently recorded this presentation for Duluth PACT TV at their Meet the Candidates Forum. 

Proud to present a summary of my work, my priorities and my goals in helping all residents of Duluth thrive and our city grow.  

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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. Terese has held numerous leadership roles throughout the city including with the Duluth News Tribune Editorial Board, YWCA, the Duluth Library Board,  and the Duluth Human Rights Commission. Currently she serves as Board Chair of the Lake Superior College Foundation. 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 been an effective leader since she was unanimously voted onto Council by her fellow Councilors last year, 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!


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



I am proud to be endorsed by groups that represent a diverse range of all that is good about our city. 

Minnesota Nurses Association

Duluth DFL

Stonewall DFL

Women Winning

Duluth Central Labor Body

Duluth Building and Construction Council Trades

Duluth Firefighters Local 101

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Iron Workers Local 512

UA Local 11—Plumbers, Pipefitters, Steamfitters, and Service Technicians

Duluth News Tribune

Teamsters Joint Council 32


AFSCME Council 5

Minnesota DFL Senior Caucus

Minnesota Young DFL


And I am proud to have received the endorsement of my fellow city councilors, Mayor Emily Larsen, former Mayor Don Ness., and others.

“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

"Through her current work on the Duluth City Council Terese has shown that she is not afraid to dig into the issues, challenge herself and challenge her colleagues to find practical solutions for the issues we face. I encourage the people of Duluth to vote for Terese!"

—Duluth City Councilor Gary Anderson  

“I strongly support my friend and mentor Terese Tomanek for Duluth City Council At-Large. Terese is honest and transparent on the issues that matter most. She asks the right questions to fully understand someone’s point of view and is the kind of local leader who introduces herself as a person first rather than with a title. Terese believes that everyone deserves having their voice recognized and she has the proven ability to bring forward a more compassionate, sustainable, and equitable future for Duluth.”

Hannah Alstead

Thank you to all of those who have followed my campaign, challenged me to explain my vision and priorities for this great city, and honored me with their endorsement.


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.


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

  • voted to support and helped Duluth businesses owners and community members access CARES ACT funding during the pandemic
  • active participant with the city administration in allocating equitable distribution of American Rescue Funds (ARP)
  • 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
  • provided food for CHUM and Loaves and Fishes
  • participated in labor sponsored food distribution


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


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


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.