Awal to run for at-large Duluth City Council seat

Jimmy Lovrien, Duluth News Tribune, Minn.
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May 4—A University of Minnesota Duluth student and youth homeless advocate will run for one of Duluth's two councilor-at-large seats.

Azrin Awal, 24, announced her candidacy at a news conference in Lincoln Park on Monday.

"As a person who worked her way through college, I know that people who are struggling do not necessarily look like they are struggling and often are struggling in silence," Awal said. "As a student who never had enough money to live on campus, I know Duluth's housing crisis firsthand. And I know how difficult it is to put a roof over your family's head. But through my struggle, and through my love for my community. I found my voice in Duluth."

Awal said she immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh with her family when she was 3. She went to high school in Maple Grove before moving to Duluth in 2015 to study public health at UMD.

She's currently finishing her degree while working full time as a youth advocate "empowering youth experiencing homelessness in our communities," she said.

She declined to say who her employer was, citing the privacy of her clients.

Two of the city's four at-large city councilor seats will be on the ballot in November. Last month, at-large councilor Zach Filipovich announced he will not run for reelection for his at-large seat. In March, Terese Tomanek, who was appointed to the other at-large seat, announced she would be running for a full term.

The 2nd and 4th district council seats will also be on the ballot in November.

Renee Van Nett, 4th District Councilor and current council president, has also announced she will run for reelection.

Joel Sipress, 2nd District Councilor, announced he would not run for reelection. Mike Mayou is running for that seat.