On the Campaign Trail

Today, I attended a Kiwanis meeting at Kurt’s Restaurant and gained useful information regarding City of Duluth Police as they continue to serve and protect Duluth. Then it was off to Chocolate Perks for a meet the candidate night with yours truly.

Elise Serves on Duluth Fine Arts League Scholarship Committee

After a day of campaigning, I attended the Duluth Fine Arts League Scholarship Committee meeting led by Mary Buck where we discussed our mission and formulated a basic plan for moving forward. This proactive initiative will award two small scholarships to Duluth High School and Duluth Home School graduates who desire to further their education in the fine and performing arts profession.

Your Voice Counts: Early Voting Begins October 13

Today was a full day of campaigning as my team and I distributed campaign literature and notification of election date and location, November 3 at the new City Hall. October 13 is the early voting date and deadline for early voting.

All active and inactive registered voters have an opportunity to make their voice heard on election day, demonstrating concern and care regarding Duluth’s quality of life and future for current and future generations. For the sake of our children’s future, please be an active part of this constitutional process—your voice counts.

Half-Hour Heroes Serve Duluth`s Children

Kerry Jackson artOver the past several months, I have been involved with the Half-Hour Hero Program as an ambassador helping to promote and encourage participation in the program by our citizens. Today, I attended the HHH meeting in conjunction with the Duluth Community Leaders organization led by Chip Sweeney as we discussed more strategies for getting the word out.

This is a great opportunity for Duluth citizens to have a positive influence on our children. For one-half hour a week, Half Hour Heroes meet one-on-one with a child to mentor, tutor, and/or to be a friend them. For more information about how to become a Half Hour Hero, contact the school closest to you.

Elise interviewedAfter several hours of campaigning, I was off to the First Friday Art Walk by the Duluth Fine Arts League. The crown jewel of this event was the captivating and creative performance art of Kerry Jackson (sponsored by the Huthmakers), climaxed by his live paintings performed to the rhythm of background music.

With the combination of music, art, food, and fellowship, this evening proved to be inspiring and refreshing. (More Duluth Fine Arts League photos can be found here.)

[Pictured above: Kerry Jackson performing art to music. Below: Elise interviewed at the October First Friday Art Walk.]

Elise Attends L.E.A.D. Program Meeting

Today I attended the first meeting of the second annual City of Duluth L.E.A.D. (Learn, Engage, Advance Duluth) program spearheaded by Council member Marsha Anderson Bomar and led by Alisa Williams.

2008 L.E.A.D. graduates

I am a graduate of the City of Duluth LEAD 2008 program. Because I believe this program to be a vital part of educating citizens regarding city government operations and processes and a catalyst for citizen engagement, I became one of the major sponsors of this program for the 2009 LEAD participants. (more…)

Elise Serves at the Duluth Fall Festival

The Fall Festival kicked into high gear beginning with a volunteer and sponsors BBQ lunch and display set-up on Friday. I had the opportunity to speak with Representative Brooks Coleman, exchanging thoughts and ideas concerning Highway 120 realignment, and gaining some interesting insight regarding that project.

During the next two days, I worked part of the time at the Civitan booth; circulated throughout the Festival, greeting and meeting folks from all over the country; and occasionally did spot trash pickup on the grounds for items that did not quite make it into the trash cans. The Boy Scouts did a great job of staying on top of the garbage detail.

On the Campaign Trail

Today, I was back on the campaign trail going door-to-door, meeting with citizens and listening to their concerns and providing information so that they could make an informed decision regarding my run for Post 3 City Council seat. It was a very productive day, and it was a great pleasure to meet and chat with fellow Duluthians.

The VOTE ELISE banner hanging from Lucile Walker’s balcony overlooking the town green looks great. Thanks, Lucile, for being a vital part of my campaign.

Mayor`s Advisory Committee Alumni Meet

Elise at Steverino'sAfter several weeks of planning and preparation, the Big MAC (Mayor’s Advisory Committee) 2008-2009 Alumnus group reformed and met at Steverino’s to discuss how we, as a group, want to engage Duluth regarding issues and challenges facing us today. Several constructive ideas surfaced, and so we are off to a great start.

The planning and preparation committee consisted of Janet Tidwell, Janice Polack, Mayor Harris, and myself; others who joined or participated the first inaugural meeting tonight were Chuck Mason, Robin Gail Sessions, Harry Andrews, and Rob McQueary.

A few topics discussed included signage at new intersection of Pleasant Hill and Buford Hwy.; downtown traffic and road realignment; the Buford Hwy. corridor; and Old City Hall block. The group concluded that we needed more information and that attending City Council meetings would be a good place to start.

Thank you, Steverino’s, for graciously providing the space for our Big MAC Alumnus group.