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Remember the City of Duluth 17 years ago and compare it to today. What a wonderful difference!

Under the strong and visionary leadership of Mayor Nancy Harris and the City Council, Duluth has changed from a forgotten small town into a vibrant growing city admired by visitors and used as an example everywhere.

The 2023 city council elections are upcoming on November 7th 2023, and it would be my honor to continue serving the citizens of Duluth as one of your city council members. My goal is to continue to develop policy in the spirit and vision of the current City Council while adding focus to the areas outside our downtown Duluth. In recent years, many revitalization efforts have happened, but there is still much work left for us to do. Some areas that we need to focus on are: older neighborhoods without sewer connections, aging and failing stormwater infrastructure, lack of availability for affordable housing, loss of greenspace, traffic conditions along the major arteries, and improvements to pedestrian walkability. Click on the "Issues" section for more details.

Am I the right candidate to help tackle these issues? Yes.

Since December 2021 I serve as a member of the Duluth City Council. Before I was a member of the Duluth Planning Commission since 2017 and the Citizen Budget Review and Advisory Board since 2015. I have regularly attended the City Council Sessions not only for my current term, but also for the previous 7 years and have followed the many presentations and reports from City Staff. I am keenly aware of the state of our city, its future plans, and the problems that need to be addressed.  Governing a city like Duluth is a complex task and as one of the current City Council members, I have shown that I am ready to  make difficult decisions using common sense, weighing all available information, and valuing the input from our citizens.

I would be honored if you vote for me again on November 7th 2023.

Let's #ForwardDuluth together!

Manfred Graeder


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Thursday, August 24, 2023 6:19 PM

4 more years on the City Council

I'm running officially unopposed for City Council Post 4. This means four more years to make a positive impact on the future of the City.

Friday, July 14, 2023 6:30 PM

Voter information for the City of Duluth Municipal Election 2023 added

Voter information for the City of Duluth Municipal Election 2023 added to the bottom of this page

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 9:00 AM

City Council election 2023

A couple of days ago I've filed my Declaration of Intend to run again for City Council this year.

Thursday, December 9, 2021 9:17 AM

Councilmen Manfred Graeder

Manfred Graeder was sworn in as Member of the City Council of the City of Duluth on December 8th.

Saturday, December 4, 2021 8:36 AM

Swearing in Ceremony

The Swearing In Ceremony for Manfred Graeder to City Council Post 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th 2021 at 4pm in the Council Chambers at Duluth City Hall

Friday, December 3, 2021 8:54 AM

Recount completed - Result did not change

The Recount of the Runoff Election for Duluth City Council Post4 has been completed without a change of the Result.

Manfred Graeder - 460

Brandon Odum - 456

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:04 PM

Recount for Runoff Election ballots scheduled

A recount of the runoff election ballots for Duluth City Council Post4 has been scheduled for tomorrow Thursday December 2nd, 2pm.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 8:50 AM

Election Results are in

The unofficial result of the runoff Election for Duluth City Council Post 4 is published on the City of Duluth Website.

Manfred Graeder - 460

Brandon Odum - 456

It was very close but we made it. Thank you for your trust and support.

Manfred Graeder

Thursday, November 4, 2021 8:42 AM

Advanced voting date added

The City of Duluth has added another advanced voting day.

Advanced voting is now also possible on Saturday November 20th 9am-5pm at City Hall.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 2:52 PM

Schedule for Runoff Election

The Runoff Election for Duluth City Council Post 4 between Manfred Graeder and Brandon Odum is scheduled for

November 30th in the Community/Elections Room of Duluth City Hall from 7am to 7pm

Advance voting will be held in the City Clerk Office area located at the 1st floor of City Hall from Monday November 22nd to Wednesday November 24th from 9am - 5pm.

Applications for absentee ballot must be submitted to the City Clerk Office on or before November 19th 5pm.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 10:36 AM

Election Result - Runoff required

We will head to a Runoff Election between Brandon Odum and Manfred Graeder on November 30th.

Unofficial Result for Duluth City Council Post 4

Manfred Graeder 569 votes

Brandon Odum  630 votes

Ray Williams  311 votes

Thank you for everybody who voted on Election Day and supported me.

Friday, October 1, 2021 10:45 AM

GDW Candidate Forum-Municipal Elections

GDW Candidate Forum-Municipal Elections

I will participate at the Gwinnett Democratic Women Virtual Candidate Forum on Saturday October, 2nd 6-8pm

Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:14 AM

Voter information for the City of Duluth added

Voter information for the City of Duluth added to the bottom of this page

Manfred Graeder
Duluth City Council
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