Zack for Duluth 2017-07-18T18:03:57+00:00


EVERYONE deserves to make a life here. As a City Councilor, I know there is no challenge we face as Duluthians that cannot be solved by what makes us special – our optimism, engagement and tenacity. Responsibly building our local economy will provide resources to ensure public safety, preserve our environment and repair our infrastructure.

Public Safety

Keeping us safe is the most important function of municipal government. I will continue to build on our community policing model and work towards fully staffed fire stations. Our police officers and firefighters are committed to their work and our community. I am proud to have voted for police and fire personnel increases. Duluth is stronger and safer when firefighters and police officers are supported.


The bottom line is Duluth’s infrastructure needs work. We must be judicious of infrastructure maintenance costs and improve what we currently have. Low impact developments and housing improvements are the best ways to ensure long-term financial health and sustainability of our infrastructure system.


Duluth’s parks and open spaces are the main reasons why so many of us call Duluth home. These vital, public resources need to be preserved so they can be enjoyed for decades to come. I will continue to focus on protecting Duluth’s 62 streams, creeks, and waterways. I will continue to focus on environmental priorities like the Steam Plant Conversion Project and protecting Duluth’s waterways.

Economic Equity

We need more living wage jobs in Duluth so the over 22% of us who live in poverty have the opportunity to live a better life. I will continue to support measures like “Earned Safe and Sick Time,” because o one should have to make the choice between getting healthy and getting a paycheck. Duluth’s economic equity is critical for a stronger community.

ZACK SEES challenges as opportunities to make a positive difference. This sense of unapologetic optimism stems from his grandmother, Pearl Filipovich. She taught him that smart work matters and encouraged him to devote his energies to projects that are worthwhile.

AT 25, Zack was the youngest Council President in the history of Duluth. Zack was honored to earn the trust and votes of over 9,650 Duluthians and elected as the highest council vote getter in 2013. He now serves as the treasurer for the Duluth Economic Development Authority and formerly was the treasurer to the Duluth 1200 Fund, and a board member of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Interstate Council, Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth Preservation Alliance and the 7th Senate District DFL. The Duluth News Tribune named Zack a member of 2016’s “20 Under 40.”

ZACK GREW UP in the East Hillside neighborhood next to Chester Creek. After graduating from Duluth Central High School he went on to earn his Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012. He attended George Washington University’s Semester in Washington Program. While at UMD, Zack led lobby teams to St. Paul to advocate for higher education priorities and received the prestigious Sieur Du Luth Award for exemplary service to the University and Duluth community.

ZACK HELPS PEOPLE and businesses better understand their financial situation to make the best use of their resources. He works as an accountant at a family owned firm in Downtown Duluth. Zack is unashamed in his love for his hometown. One of his favorite places is the Civic Center – the perfect spot to read on a sunny day. If it’s not a perfect Duluth day, Zack prefers staying indoors with friends playing board games.


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