Three candidates are vying for a chance to serve residents of the Central Park area in the primary Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The top two vote-getters move on to the Tuesday, April 7 election.
Voters have a choice among incumbent Brent Fennessey, and newcomers to local government, Amanda Foster and Joshua Johnson.
“As a member of the City Council, I hope to be able to work with others on the Council to make Superior better and focus on the future of Superior,” Johnson said.
He said he would like to keep the city moving as it has for the past few years.
“I also hope to focus more on what we can do for the kids in our community by giving them more options to succeed and be productive members of society,” Johnson said.
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Foster said economic development should focus on building local businesses to keep wealth circulating in our community, and resources such as water, the municipal forest and community spaces should be protected.
“I believe we need to focus on offering citizens the tools they need to be happy and succeed, transportation policies with everyone in mind, an economy that doesn’t provide jobs where people can simply exist, but provides career wages and opportunities where people and families can thrive,” she said.
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Fennessey said his vision for the city hasn't changed.
“Since 2016, I have advocated on behalf of public safety, living-wage jobs, affordable housing and new home construction, and fiscal responsibility," he said. "I’m proud of our success in these areas and do so with gratitude to the other councilors who have stood by my side in the process. The wins we benefit from and celebrate are matched with a passion to continuously seek gains in these areas.”
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Foster said the issues facing the 5th District are the same as other areas of the city.
“We need to focus on protecting our natural resources, growing our small businesses and wages, creating more housing options, and providing transportation policies that work for everyone,” Foster said.
In talking to people within the district, Johnson said he knows there is a need for better service, such as snow removal.
“I would like to see (a) council that works together for the betterment of the city and upgrading the city for the betterment of its citizens,” he said. “I look forward to helping Superior be able to gain some of the tourism that we see across the bridge, and to do that we need to think of things that will get people over the bridge. Things like a hotel with a large conference center, an indoor field house so kids in our community have a positive place to go during long winters.”
The things that benefit the city as a whole will also benefit the 5th District, Fennessey said. That means working to protect shared revenue and working with legislators to ensure the city collects every dollar owed through the oil pipeline terminal tax.
“We must adapt to current trends in technology,” Fennessey said. “In previous years we have only casually looked at the software needed to make city processes more efficient and public engagement easier. This topic needs serious attention if we are truly going to take advantage of what is available to us in a changing and modern world.”
Fennessey said he brings the voice of the people every time he enters council chambers.
“I respond timely to every personal email, and accept or return each personal phone call,” Fennessey said. “I also welcome every opportunity to listen to the vision and concerns of the residents, and share ideas to address the needs of Superior … I hope to earn your vote as we continue to move the City of Superior forward.”
Foster said she’s ready to get to work.
"I am running to serve our community and I’m willing to do the work to listen to your insights and dreams for Superior, earn your trust, and to earn your vote,” she said. “This race is about what we can do together.”
Johnson said his priority is the needs of the people of the district.
“I am a hard-working, regular guy without a personal agenda, and as a councilor, it is my job to be the voice for the people in the district and that’s exactly my plan. Be a fresh set of eyes and a voice for the people of District 5.”