Residents of South Superior and the 1st District will be looking for new representation on the City Council next spring.

Councilor Dan Olson, who has represented the district for most of the last 12 years, announced Tuesday, Nov. 19, that he won’t be seeking a seventh term in office.

Olson said he made the decision after a long process and a lot of thought.

“I will remain committed to our city and advocate for positive and progressive growth both today and long into the future,” Olson said. “It’s been a great pleasure to represent all of you in a small way and I hope I’ve done some good in the community.”

During his tenure on the Council, Olson has been an advocate for local labor, business development and outdoor recreation. Early in his tenure on the Council, Olson spearheaded a push that requires anyone younger than 17 to wear a helmet at the city’s skating rinks.

Among his most recent projects was the development of Superior’s first all-inclusive playground at Webster Dream Park in South Superior and working with a nonprofit group to provide labor for development of a community garden in the 2300 block of Banks Avenue.

Olson’s term expires in April.

Nomination papers for the spring election can be circulated starting Dec. 1 and must be returned to the by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 to get on the ballot for the April 7 election. The primary is schedule for Feb. 18.

“I want to thank you for your time, your patience with me over almost 12 years and continued success, not only to you but to this city … we can’t be successful as a community if we don’t make somewhat of an effort to move things forward,” Olson said.

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