Hi, I'm Ginka!
WHERE I COME FROM
I was adopted! I've been told I was the cutest orphan at the Shuman Orphanage in Bulgaria. My earliest memories of living in Duluth were when I would help my grandpa, 'little papa' Ken Newman at his pharmacy on 3rd Street.
MY VISION FOR DULUTH
Building your family's future in Duluth should be the quickest and easiest choice you ever make in life. And right now, it isn't.
I'm running because my friends move away and can't afford to come back. I'm running because I don't know how much longer I can afford to live here. I'm running because Duluthians could have so much more at such a lower price than we pay now.
All it takes is a little less planning and a little more tolerance of difference.
It's time for the American dream to live again in West Duluth. It's time for a new generation of leadership. It's time for change.
WHY NOW? WHY ME? WHAT CAN I BRING TO COUNCIL?
IT STARTS WITH ATTITUDE
Interacting with the public and responding to Duluthians’ needs is a core function of public service.
I don’t know how to explain it - I don’t know where it comes from, or how we got here, but I’ve heard too many times about public officials treating the needs of Duluthians with dismissal and contempt.
The primary function of government should be amplifying the ability of Duluthians to do, not controlling what they do to force conformity with a plan. There’s no excuse for a small business owner to be left crying after meeting with the City to discuss what it would take to add an addition onto their shop. That’s real, that happens, and it never should.
Far too often it feels like if you don’t check all the boxes, don’t fit perfectly into someone else’s plan, then Duluth doesn’t have room for you. That’s the wrong attitude.
Together, we can get Duluth back on track to having an accessible, accountable government that puts Duluthians first in everything it does.