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Duluth Mayor Larson Lays Out Priorities Ahead of Election

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 31, 2019 08:51 PM

Next Tuesday, Duluth voters will decide whether incumbent Emily Larson or challenger David Nolle should represent the city as mayor.

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At WDIO, we want to help voters be as informed as possible when filling out their ballot.

Since Mayor Larson first took office four years ago, she says she has put an emphasis on affordable housing and street repairs. 

Now she says if reelected, those will again be her main priorities, along with meeting energy goals - issues she says she hears about most when out in the community.

"I am feeling really confident that the issues that people are sharing with me are the right ones to be working on at this time, and that we are coming up with plans to address the biggest concerns and worries that our residents have across the city," said Mayor Larson.

Mayor Larson says when she took office, the city had problems funding road repairs - something she says they are now working on.

"We are doing 17 miles of road next year. That is in comparison to 2.5 miles we did last year. That is because we have the dedicated 0.5 percent sales tax, because we're being smart about where to spend it, how to spend it, because we are listening to residents who are letting us know where they need us to show up with that money," said Mayor Larson.

Mayor Larson says one of the keys to the city's growth is addressing affordable housing, which she says the city is actively doing.

"Affordable housing is a crisis. It's so interesting because four years ago I never heard about it when I doorknocked. This year it is the number one issue that I hear about," said Mayor Larson. "We are going to be announcing our Rebuild Duluth program where we will be providing free or low cost land for affordable housing development," she added.

Mayor Larson says the city has taken great strides since she has been in office, and cites her experience for why she should again lead it the next four years.

"This is the work that I'm passionate about. It is where I believe I have demonstrated the ability to be impactful and visionary and aspirational, but also very practical in getting things done," said Mayor Larson.

Friday on WDIO News at 6, hear from Mayor Larson's challenger David Nolle about his priorities.

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