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Balenger to Serve as Interim Councilmember

Russel Balenger will serve as the Interim Ward 1 St. Paul city councilmember, filling out the remainder of the term vacated by Dai Thao. Born and raised in Saint Paul he has also lived in Chicago and Ann Arbor. He is the founder and director of the Circle of Peace Movement, whose mission is to end violence and promote racial healing. Through his life’s work, Balenger has partnered with the Saint Paul Police, community organizations and residents to build positive relationships and strengthen neighborhoods. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to further the work of making Ward 1 a strong and lasting example of a great place to live. My life’s work has lead me to this role, and I will deliver for the people of my community.”

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