Ashley Grimm for Duluth's 5th District: New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
I grew up near the Munger Trail in a small town just south of Duluth. Like a lot of rural Minnesota, there was a lack of focus on our area's development at the state level, so most of my childhood play involved making my own fun outdoors and spending time with family. From the age of 12 I've been helping take care of kids and I am a very proud aunt. This has been a highlight of my life, and in no small part started my long career in youth development. I'm passionate about taking care of kids, and to me that means not just supporting them through school, but making sure they have opportunities after they graduate. It also means speaking up for moms and dads who are in need of childcare like my family was when I was growing up.
In 2012 I met my husband Luke, who is now an employee for Duluth Parks Maintenance and has worked on many of the trails here in our Western neighborhoods. I strongly believe in supporting public employees and public services, and believe that all families deserve access to health care and well paying jobs.
I am currently the Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission and serve on nonprofit boards for organizations that provide mentoring, and create housing options for mothers released from incarceration. I manage youth programming at the Damiano Center and see how much working people are struggling to keep a roof over their head and food on the table for their children.
I'm proud to be a resident of the Denfeld Neighborhood and we absolutely need a voice actively standing up for our beliefs and the people here. Standing up for people is what I'm all about. I am committed to this wonderful part of town and I care about making my future here.