Gwenia Fiskevold Gould has announced her intention to run as a candidate in the special Ward 1 election this spring.
Fiskevold Gould is the Director of Annual Giving at the Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation and also serves on Bemidji’s Parks and Recreation Commission and the Community Police and Advisory Board, as well as the United Way of Bemidji Area’s Investment Cabinet.
“Our community has some big decisions to make and challenges that need to be addressed,” said Fiskevold Gould, citing needs for affordable housing, strengthening parks and trails, and increasing citizen engagement.
“Ensuring that people have a place to live, a place to gather, a way to get around, and a way to have their voice heard are some of the basic tenants of building a strong and vibrant community.”
Fiskevold Gould has a long history of political engagement, from doorknocking with her father as a child to working as a legislative assistant.
The Ward 1 seat was vacated upon the successful at-large election and subsequent resignation of Audrey Thayer.