Collins, Massoglia hope to represent downtownVoters in Superior’s 6th District head to the polls to elect a new member of the Superior City Council.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Voters in Superior’s 6th District head to the polls to elect a new member of the Superior City Council.
Two newcomers to the political arena are vying for a shot to serve the community as a member of the body that guides municipal government.
Kimberly Collins and Terry Massoglia are stepping up for a chance to serve the community and residents of the district that includes downtown and neighborhoods adjacent to Belknap Street.
The race gives voters a choice of a relative newcomer to Superior and a longtime resident of the district.
Since moving to Superior about four years ago, Collins said she has been looking for a way to get more involved; while she has never served in government, she has served on committees in business and as a college professor.
Massoglia, a longtime volunteer coach, has never held a public office either but has served four years on the Superior Basketball Association board.
“I kind of look at a problem, try to figure out the best way to solve it, without being politically motivated,” Massoglia said. He said while he pays attention to the issues facing the city, his motivation for running for office isn’t about politics — he wants to work to improve the area he’s called home for the last 35 years.
Collins said she decided to run because she believes it’s important to make a difference locally and she’s at a point in her life where she has the ability to do that.
“I bring life experience to the position that I think will really help me understand the different circumstances constituents would face,” Collins said. As a firm believer in representative government, Collins said she would listen to her constituents and work to make their goals a reality.
“I have every intention of bringing common sense and honesty to the position so I can represent the people of the district very well,” Collins said.
Massoglia, who still owns property on Weeks Avenue in the 6th District, said he has seen a lot of change in the neighborhood that provided a good place to raise a family when he lived there. With some of the oldest housing in the city in his district, he would like to see funding found to improve some of the homes, such as weatherization and rehabilitation programs with low interest loans.
Collins said the Superior has assets that can make the city more vibrant and tapping those assets to bring more business to the community, particularly on Belknap Street and Tower Avenue, and she would like to be a part of reviving the bustling streets that images of Superior’s past show.