Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth City Councilor Jim Stauber has announced that he will not be seeking a new term.
Stauber, who served on the city council for 12 years, says he is interested in seeking higher public office after his term ends, but would not speculate on any specific office.
In a written statement, he says the last legislative session was very disappointing from a business and taxpayer perspective.
Stauber says he believes the biggest issue the council still faces is repairing city streets in Duluth.
“I disagree with the Mayor’s position of forgoing the street improvement program for another year,” he said. “This should have been the cities top priority since August of 2009. However, the Mayor has made it clear, again, that it will not be a goal in 2014. Moreover, he has no allocation for our enhanced pothole program in 2014.”
However, Stauber says he appreciates the voters giving him the opportunity to serve.
“While our council is politically diverse and I am often in the minority, I have great respect for my colleagues,” he said. “I have developed friendships with many. Being a Councilor can be challenging at times, but sitting shoulder to shoulder with others who share a similar passion for Duluth is inspiring.”
Stauber says his most notable sponsored ordinances and resolutions include: initiating the Heritage Sports Center project and city matching funds, the city deer bow hunt, student rental and behavior reform, and dog and cat licensing with revenues directed to animal welfare issues.
While on the Duluth Economic Development Authority Stauber says he is proud to have sponsored several successful initiatives including: a lawsuit regarding the NW Maintenance Facility, Ikonics Expansion and former Atlas cement site, the Sheraton Hotel Development, and changing the DEDA structure to include citizen representatives.
Stauber was first elected as an at-large councilor in November of 2001.
He was elected as Council President in 2004, four times as DEDA President from 2006 through 2009 and has chaired the Finance Committee, Planning and Economic Development Committee, and Parks and Recreation Committee.
Stauber retired in 2001 from the Minnesota Air National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years of service and from the Mayo Clinic Medical Transportation (Gold Cross) in 2010 after serving as Paramedic, Operations Manager in Duluth/Superior and finally Risk Manger.
He had a career total of 26 years in EMS.
He currently is an instructor at UMD in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety Program starting in 1986 and a Math and Science instructor at WITC since 2010.
Stauber’s oldest son Ryan is running for City Council At-Large and the elder Stauber believes that Ryan’s more conservative views will bring balance to an often liberal leaning council and mayor.
Stauber plans to use this time to assist with his son Ryan’s campaign.