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Duluth elects a historic City Council, including the first Muslim councilor

Fourth District incumbent Renee Van Nett narrowly held her seat


November 5, 2021


Duluth City Councilor Renee Van Nett addresses a group of UMD students on the school's track last year. Van Nett was re-elected Tuesday.

DULUTH – Duluthians made history in several ways Tuesday with their election of Azrin Awal to the City Council: she is the first elected Asian American Muslim. Her inclusion means Duluth will have its most racially diverse council to oversee a mostly white city, and it is only the second time having a female majority.

Awal, 25, joins Renee Van Nett and Terese Tomanek - both re-elected Tuesday - Janet Kennedy and Roz Randorf on the nine-member council.

"I'm very cognizant of what my win means, what it means to be the first Muslim Asian American on the City Council," Awal said Wednesday. "It's an honor and a privilege.


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