“People across Duluth were impressed with Brandon Clokey when he campaigned for the 7B seat. When asked questions in forums, Brandon gave thoughtful and informed responses, on everything from the Red Plan to health care to protecting our lakes’ water quality. We look forward to working with someone so well-versed on regional issues.”
- Barb Olsen, 10/2008
Brandon has had two foundational ideals from the beginning, leadership and advocacy. He has shown people how they can be heard by leading low income and education based groups to the capitol in the late 1990’s and first testifying before various House Committees in 2000.
Here, in Duluth, Brandon currently serves as the Executive Director of the Duluth Fathering Project, and maintains a private residential design practice. He has served as manager for the CHUM Family shelter and Reed's Board and Lodge. Brandon has served as chair for the boards of the Hillsider Newspaper and LifeHouse Center for Teens, and is a former board member for AEOA. As a parent, Brandon has been involved in Career Day presentations, has played an integral part in Duluth Edison’s drama productions, and has been invited to be a guest instructor in both the sixth grade math as well as seventh and eighth grade history. In 2010, Brandon was honored with a Facebook fan page entitled “Mr. Clokey”. Set up by a number of the students of Duluth Edison, this shows that he is truly concerned about where we have been as a community, as well as where we are going and building the solid foundation of our future leaders.
2008 Minnesota House of Representatives 7B Candidate
2008 Appointed to the Progressive Action Steering Committee
2009 Duluth City Council Top Ten Finalist (Reinert vacancy)
2010 Elected as a 7th Senate District Director
2010 Selected by the Duluth News Tribune as a 20 Under 40 recipient
2011 Elected to the Duluth Public School Academy Board of Directors (Edison)
2012 Elected as an officer of the DPSA Board and Executive Committee
A few words from Brandon:
I have been in and currently hold positions of leadership that have given me a clear understanding of logical, common sense leadership, fiscal responsibility, and a keen eye for future growth. We all know that the economy has been better, the purse strings have not always been so tight and that life in the upper Midwest has at times been easier. I believe in what this community is and can be. From promoting the growth of small and large businesses alike, to ensuring that each of our residents have a safe place to call home.
My purpose has been to serve, enable, and empower those who are not often heard within our communities. The truth is, not only do many in our community not have a voice or presence, they are also not recognized for their abilities and strengths. Strengths that could be a great asset to all of us, if only they were being heard, seen, and recognized.