Across the nation, Tuesday’s elections produced record wins for candidates of color, women, transgender people, and other historically underrepresented groups. Duluth’s City Council election was no exception. The Duluth NAACP wishes to congratulate our Vice President Janet Kennedy on her historic election to the Duluth City Council in the 5th District. Janet will be the first African American to serve on the Council, and brings decades of expertise as a strong community advocate, a career professional in the healthcare industry, and is a lifelong resident of West Duluth.
Janet ran on a platform of community-centered economic development, building vibrant neighborhoods across our city, and promoting equitable access to healthcare and transportation for all Duluth residents. Her commitment to these important issues are vital to a just future for our community, and embody the Duluth NAACP’s mission “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons, and eliminate race-based discrimination.”
More broadly, representation by people of African heritage and other historically marginalized groups is critically important at all levels of government. The Duluth NAACP honors the hard work of Janet and her campaign team, and hopes to continue making strides toward more anti-racist political gains in our community and beyond.
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