Meet Derek

I would like to draw the attention back to the issues and to keep the attention on them. The community needs our support to get projects done. I believe we have a lot of very important matters that need to get addressed as soon as possible including the housing, public safety, streets and infrastructure, rising property taxes and the business climate within our city. If I am elected, I would make it my duty to serve the people to the best of my ability and the best public servant to our community.  I want to grow Duluth’s Business scene by improving our relationship between the city and businesses with hope of growing the local economy.

Derek Medved

Derek Medved is a 24-year-old Denfeld Highschool grad, entrepreneur and owner for the Gary Milkhouse and Korner Stores. Derek is passionate about his community and all of Duluth. He understands each neighborhood has it’s own goals and challenges and will work to make sure the needs in each community are met. Derek will bring his energy and fiscal responsibility to the Duluth City Council and be an advocate for people and businesses that live and work here.

Learn more about Derek through our candidate questionaire:

How are you involved in the Community:

I have served on the Gary-New Duluth (GND) Recreation Center board. As a business, we sponsor local athletic teams, reward students who achieve educational milestones and donate to various local charity events.

Tell us about your loved ones:

I consider myself lucky. I am surrounded by many caring, loving people in my life – from family to friends, my community, and in particular my dog, Bandit.

What do you do in your free time?

My work is my passion and my hobby, and I enjoy nothing more than dedicating my time to my business and my community.

Tell us about an influential person in your life:

My mom, Sharon, has been my best friend, my rock and my inspiration. My work ethic is the product of a single mother who raised two kids, fought for a better tomorrow, provided no matter the obstacles, budgeted with pennies to spare, loved unconditionally, took no crap and never gave up. With her recent passing, I have come to appreciate everything she has done for me and my sister. She is deeply missed and will be forever loved. She is and will always be the most influential person in my life.

What’s the best decision you’ve ever made?

To become an entrepreneur.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Buying my first store at the age of 19.

What keeps you in the Twin Ports?

As Judy Garland once said, “There is no place like home.” I come from a community of loyal, dedicated, caring individuals. I plan to continue my endeavors within the Twin Ports for years to come.

Describe your happy place:

Spending time at the cabin surrounded by family.

What words of wisdom do you have for young adults?

Never give a dream a deadline. Even though it may not happen overnight, a dream structured with patience, determination, and hope is a dream worth waiting for. And you need to work really, really, really, really hard. Stay true, stay focused and stay positive. Be you.