Joel Sipress has represented Duluth’s Second City Council District since 2014. He spent two years as city council liaison to the city Parks and Recreation Commission. He currently serves as city council president. Joel teaches History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and lives on E 4th St in Duluth with his wife Claire. They have a grown daughter, Rachel, now nineteen.
Before taking office as city councilor, Joel spent many years involved with progressive community-based organizing, with a focus on issues ranging from labor solidarity to anti-war work. He helped lead a successful union organizing drive in his workplace, only to be stripped of his collective bargaining rights (along with virtually all other Wisconsin public employees) by Governor Scott Walker shortly thereafter. He served in leadership positions in the Green Party of Minnesota for a number of years before rejoining the DFL Party and being elected to the Duluth DFL executive board, on which he served for five years.
Sipress is running on the following platform:
- Providing effective and responsive representation to district residents on issues that affect their neighborhoods.
- Maintaining quality public services and infrastructure investments (including streets and municipal system) at a time that the state and federal governments have walked away from their commitments to our cities and to the nation’s infrastructure.
- Addressing the growing social and economic inequities in our country and in Duluth through measures such as a local Earned Safe and Sick Time ordinance that would guarantee paid time off for the nearly half of Duluth workers who lack it.