Recent News Stories

This space features news and stories about our community, our campaign, and our candidate!

Please Watch the League of Women Voters Duluth At-Large Candidate Forum

October 6,  2021

An informed electorate is an involved electorate.  Please take the time to watch the LWF Forum and then make your plan to vote on or before November 2nd. I humbly ask for your vote!



My "Meet the Candidates" Presentation for Duluth PACT

October 10,  2021

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.  



Grateful for a broad range of DFL Endorsements!

September 20, 2021

I'm so proud to have been endorsed by a broad range of DFL groups in Minnesota including Stonewall DFL, Minnesota Young DFL, the Senior Caucus of the NE Minnesota DFL, and the DFL itself. Equity, good jobs, and more opportunities for affordable housing for all is something many people support. Thank you!



Ride Along with a Duluth PD K9 Unit

September 10, 2021

Recently had the opportunity to join Officer Jeremy O'Connor and K9 Cassie for an informative ride-along talking about the safety of our community.



August 29, 2021

I am honored to have received the Duluth DFL endorsement for City Council At-Large.  Thank you to the delegates and the endorsing committee for their diligent work in the selection process. I appreciate your support of my work and my vision for our great city!



Endorsed by the Minnesota Nurses Association!

August 26, 2021

So honored to receive the endorsement of this dedicated group of
essential workers who care for the sick, injured, elderly, and children everyday. I have seen first hand your tireless efforts as I work beside you in the hospital, often late at night, in the most difficult of situations. You make a difference every day. 

Thank you, Minnesota Nurses Association, for your endorsement!



Grateful for Endorsement from Teamsters Joint Council 32.

August 7, 2021

Excited to announce yet another endorsement! Thank you  Teamsters Joint Council 32! I am grateful for your continued support and look forward to continue working with you!

The Primary is Tuesday! Your vote matters. I appreciate your consideration and humbly ask for your support.



Endorsement from AFSCME Council 5!

August 7, 2021

I am honored to have been endorsed by AFSCME Council 5! I have worked hard over the last year to earn the trust of AFSCME members. I believe in workers rights, and in exclusive workplaces. I look forward to continuing our partnership for another four years! Thank you again for your trust and support.

The Primary is Tuesday! Your vote matters. I appreciate your consideration and humbly ask for your support.



PACT Candidate Announcement

July 30, 2021

Grateful for the video made for candidates by PACT TV. Please watch for more information on my work on Council, my priorities for the next four years and my endorsements that have been made by city leaders and several organizations. Remember to vote in the primary on August 10th. I humbly ask for your vote.



Senate 7th District DFL Night at the Wade!

July 26, 2021

Enjoyed a great evening catching up with friends and supporters at the Senate 7th District DFL Night at the Wade. 

So many great folks there-Mayor Emily Larson, City Council President Renee Van Nett, City Councilor Gary Anderson, County Commissioners Patrick Boyle and Ashley Grimm, State Senator Jen McEwen, Huskies’ Owner Mike Rosenzweig, Seventh Senate District Chair Jocelyn Heid, my husband Steve Davis, First Witness Executive Director Tracie Clanaugh, Duluth Central Labor Body's Christina St. Germaine, and new friends Andrea Gelb and Portia Johnson!


Vote your Hopes, Not Your Fears

July 25, 2021

I met these great folks out door knocking today, Barb and Steve Hauck. I love that they have my sign in their yard, but I love even more that they have this sign with it!


A Taste of Greece—Worth a Second Trip!

July 25, 2021

Steve and I went back to the Taste of Greece festival today because we so enjoyed our time there yesterday visiting with friends, learning more about Greek culture, and eating the delicious food. Today we ran into a group of my wonderful supporters. And also ate a fabulous gyro.

In first photo from left to right: Ed Crawford, Alex Livadaros, Arik Forsman, Steve Davis, Me, Koresh Lakhan, Jill Lakhan, Neil Glazman, and Councilor Zack Filipovich.


Our First Fundraising Reception is this July 29th!

July 15, 2021

The first fundraising reception for our campaign is this July 29th at the Vanilla Bean, and is hosted by some very dear friends. Please check out the video to learn more and RSVP to join us. I am excited to meet you, and hear both your concerns and your hopes for the future of our great city.



Endorsement from Stonewall DFL!

July 13, 2021

Another wonderful endorsement recently was announced. Thank you Stonewall DFL for your endorsement and support of my campaign!

In my work as an At-Large Councilor for the city of Duluth, I strive to be an advocate and work for healthcare, housing, and equity for all. I fully support the LGBTQIA community. Everyone should be seen, heard, and included no matter what. Inclusion is a big part of my campaign and is rooted in my values.

Join me! Let’s continue the work to include everyone together. The August primary is coming up on August 10.  I humbly ask for your vote.



Grateful for Women Winning for their Endorsement.

July 12, 2021

I am grateful for the endorsement of Women Winning! Thank you for believing in me, my values, and my goals as a City Councilor. I appreciate your support!

The August 10 primary is coming up fast. I humbly ask for your vote.


Celebrating One Year on the City Council!

June 24, 2021

It was a year ago today that I took the oath to be a City Councilor. For 365 days, I have worked hard to listen, learn and lead. I have worked on issues to create job growth, pandemic relief, broadband access, housing, and childcare. I have enjoyed serving in this capacity, and I can’t wait to continue serving in this role. I can’t get there without your help. Early voting starts tomorrow in City Hall.

The primary is on August 10. I’m asking for your vote and support to keep this seat, and keep working on important issues together.



Duluth Central Labor Body Endorsement

June 10, 2021

Honored to receive the Duluth Central Labor Body endorsement for Duluth City Council At-Large. Thanks to CLB President Beth McCuskey for leading such a well-run screening.  Congratulations to Renee K Van Nett, Council President and trusted colleague on her endorsement for District 4, as well as Dave Zbaracki who was endorsed for District 2. 

Also grateful for the endorsement and support of Hannah Kay Alstead who has a bright future in leadership.



Lake Walk Dedication

June 5, 2021

I was honored to be at the Lake Walk dedication with Mayor Emily Larson, Senator Jen McEwen, Representative Liz Olsen, and fellow counselors Renee Van Nett, Joel Sipress, and Zack Flipovich. Many thanks to all our city staff who collaborated with FEMA, the State, and for the hard work the contractors and workers all did.


Goodbyes and Hellos at Glensheen

June 2, 2021

One of the great parts of my work as City Councilor is serving on the Glensheen Advisory Board as the City Liaison. Today, I attended the bittersweet going away party for Dan Hartman, the incredibly talented Executive Director of Glensheen. And I am very excited about Dan’s new role as Executive Director of the DECC. The city will continue to benefit from his great knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Duluth.

As an added benefit, I was able to catch up with Emily Ford (Glensheen's head gardener!) and her historic adventure on the Ice Age Trail this winter.


Breaking New Ground at Lincoln Park Flats 

May 19, 2021

So proud to be celebrating the ground breaking of Lincoln Park Flats today. The project will add 74 much needed units of housing incorporating mixed income and affordable housing. Excited to have partnered with P&R Construction who are in charge of this great project!

WDIO did an excellent news story about this project that highlights the people and businesses impacted by the new Lincoln Park Flats.



An Evening with Women Hike Duluth

May 17, 2021

So enjoyed this evening’s hike along Tischer Creek with Duluth Parks and Rec monthly women’s group. Thanks to Sandi Larson who organized our Women Hike Duluth group!



Visit to Hartley Nature Center

May 12, 2021

I had the great opportunity to spend time with Tom O’Rourke today and learn so much more about Hartley Nature Center.  Their mission is to “inspire lifelong connections to nature through education, play and exploration.”

I was impressed by ALL the people that use Hartley; organized groups of hikers, bikers and cross country skiers; individuals and families; and their tremendous work with youth—pre-school, school field trips and summer camps.  What a treasure in our city!




Health Care Workers Vigil

April 28, 2021

Today I joined with fellow healthcare workers to honor essential workers and mourn the loss of those who have died caring for patients during the pandemic. Proud to join with United Steel Workers 9460 during this evening’s vigil.


Planting Trees at the Labor Temple

April 26, 2021

Today I was honored to participate in the Workers Memorial Day commemoration at the Duluth Labor Temple, leading the group in prayer for those workers who have passed this year. Mayor Larson read a moving Proclamation and Beth McCuskey read letters from Senators Amy Klobuchar, Tina Smith and Gov. Tim Walz.



Women Winning Announces April Endorsements

Women Winning has announced their April Endorsements and I am proud to have been selected.

“We need our best advocates walking the halls of power at every level — from the U.S. Capitol to City Hall. Local and municipal elected officials make decisions that impact our families and communities every day, including on reproductive rights issues and much more, and pro-choice women’s voices must be represented,” said Meggie Wittorf, Women Winning President. “Women Winning is proud to launch our 2021 endorsement program with the endorsement of seven impressive, determined pro-choice women running for Minneapolis and Duluth city council. These leaders are stepping up to serve their communities, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with them on the path toward a government that better reflects the people it serves.” 



Visiting Vision Northland

I recently had the chance to tour Vision Northland and see how this amazing project is coming along, and how it will impact and improve healthcare delivery for our community and all of Minnesota.

"The $900 million project, called Vision Northland, will match Essentia's facilities  with how medicine is practiced in the 21st century and bring the highest quality care to patients."


Return of the Swans

It was fun to be included in a recent FOX 21 news segment about the return of migrating pelicans to the St. Louis River. While bird watching spots can be closely guarded secrets, it's equally important that we promote the beauty that is Duluth, and protect the wildlife habitats that support bird migration across the Northland.


Video clip courtesy of FOX 21 TV. 


Tomanek announces campaign to keep City Council seat 

March 30, 2021

Our campaign announcement was covered by KBJR, and included some great video footage.

"I love our community! 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," she said.



More News Stories To Come!

Part of living in a beautiful city like Duluth is that there are always things to see and do! We look forward to posting more stories about our campaign and our community to come. We're just getting started.