Voters in Superior’s Central Park area will decide whether to hang on to a two-term city councilor or give someone new a chance to represent the City Council’s 5th District.
Incumbent Brent Fennessey is facing a challenge from Amanda Foster for a chance to represent one of Superior’s longest established neighborhoods.
“The issues in the 5th District are the same for many other areas in the city,” Foster said. “When we improve the quality of life for those most in need, our entire city benefits.”
Foster said if elected, she would work with the mayor, councilors, city staff and the community to address issues that affect everyone — fighting climate change, growing small business and wages, creating more housing options and providing transportation policies that work for everyone. She said she would prioritize sustainability and smart fiscal policy to help residents that need it the most.
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Fennessey said his vision for the city remains the same.
“Since 2016, I have advocated on behalf of public safety, living-wage jobs, affordable housing and new home construction, and fiscal responsibility. 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," he said.
Despite that, Fennessey said the city faces challenges to protect sources of state funding, maintaining lower garbage fees when the landfill closes, and adapting to technology to keep the city operating efficiently.
“I’m committed to redoubling my efforts to accomplish our shared goals,” Fennessey said.
Foster said she believes the focus needs to be on offering residents the tools they need to be happy and succeed: An economy that provides career wages; economic development that focuses on local businesses and job creators; protections for resources that belong to the public like clean water, open spaces and the Municipal Forest; and transportation policies that keep everyone in mind.
“I am passionate about lifelong learning and helping others be the best they can be,” Foster said.
Fennessey said it’s the people’s voice that he takes into council chambers, and he welcomes the opportunity to hear from residents about their vision and concerns about Superior.
“My passion for the vision I have for Superior is always coupled with the concerns and ideas of the people I serve,” Fennessey said.
Foster said her drive to be a lifelong learner makes her eager to listen.
“Our council has the opportunity to do more if we work together, focus on what’s best for everyone and research best practices from other cities when appropriate," she said. "Superior doesn’t stand alone, and the process of learning and growing is the only way we can live up to our name. Superior isn’t a goal, and it isn’t a witty boast. It’s a process of working together for everyone that we can strive to meet each day.”