New Two Harbors councilor takes office
The Two Harbors City Council unanimously voted Monday, Sept. 10, to appoint Benjamin Redden to fill the recently vacated Ward 2 councilor seat.
Redden was the lone applicant and is running unopposed for the same seat on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. He replaces Frank McQuade, who resigned in August.
As an appointed official, he will remain in the position until January, and will continue his service if elected Nov. 6.
Redden is a lifelong Two Harbors resident. His family moved to the city when he was 1 year old. He graduated from Two Harbors High School and worked for Betty's Pies for 16 years before forming his own transportation business, Ben Redden Transport. This is his first time running for office.
"I just wanted to make sure that somebody that felt strongly and passionate about the community filled that position," Redden said about his motivation to run. "I have a lot of love for the community, so I want to make sure it grows and keeps growing. I’m a business-minded person, so I want to see a lot of progress and change happen."
Redden said he was happy to receive the appointment because it’s like “a trial run before the election."
"There will be a couple of meetings before the election, so people will get a chance to see what I'm like as a councilor before they vote," he said.
Redden is married and has two children, with twins on the way. He said his children were also a motivation to get involved with city government.
"I’m a small-town-type of guy. I want to raise my children in this community for their whole lives and generations to come," Redden said. "I want to make sure that this town is the best it can be for them."
Redden plans to be at the next City Council meeting Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m.