Duluth city council votes no in reconsideration for dist. two council seat

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- At a special meeting Thursday night the Duluth city council voted against a motion to reconsider the appointment of Joel Sipress to the second district city council seat left vacant by Patrick Boyle.

After a brief deliberation, a roll call vote was taken, and the motion for reconsideration was denied.

The council appointed Joel Sipress last Monday to fill the vacant seat after six rounds of councilmember voting that failed to reach a simple majority on any one of the three candidates.

Sipress was deemed the winner after the council believed they had properly gone through ranked - choice voting procedures to elect him, which was not the case.

Some councilors wanted to reconsider the vote while others want to focus on other challenges facing the city.

"We can recap the housing summit that was done last week, for example. Or talk about street and utility infrastructure improvements, for example. We can talk about fair food access in the Lincoln Park area, for example. And we can talk about the economic development and expanding our city in a positive way, for example," said city councilor at large Zach Filipovich.

Sipress will fill the seat on the council until 2015.

Elsa Robins