Field Narrowed for 2019 Duluth City Elections

Incumbent Emily Larson will face David Nolle in the general election for Duluth mayor. Incumbent Emily Larson will face David Nolle in the general election for Duluth mayor. | 

Updated: August 13, 2019 10:41 PM

The field has been narrowed for the 2019 general election for Duluth city races. 


Duluth Mayor

Two mayor candidates move forward: Incumbent Emily Larson and David Nolle.

Larson topped the list of nine candidates, receiving 66.87 percent of the vote. Nolle was next with 12.7 percent. 

Larson became Duluth's first woman mayor in 2016. 

Nolle is retired and describes himself as a "seasoned executive." He last worked as an executive director for the Boy Scouts of America in the Duluth area.

At-Large City Council

For two open at-large city council seats, four people will be on the ballot in November: Incumbents Noah Hobbs (24.94%) and Arik Forsman (26.87%), Derek Medved (22.6%), and Mike Mayou (17.6%).

Hobbs has served as council president for the past year and works at One Roof Community Housing.

Forsman was appointed to the council in July 2018 after former councilor Elissa Hansen stepped down. He works for Minnesota Power in economic development.

Medved is a local business owner who heads up four gas stations and convenience stores across the region. 

Mayou is a UMD student and lifelong Duluthian. 

Third District City Council

And for the Third District councilor, two are headed to the general: Roz Randorf and Theresa O'Halloran-Johnson.

Randorf received 661 votes, or 47.9 percent. O'Halloran-Johnson got 454, or 32.9 percent. 

Two other races will be on the November ballot that did not require a primary:

First District City Council

  • Gary Anderson (incumbent)
  • Becky Hall

Fifth District City Council

  • Jeanne Koneczny
  • Janet Kennedy

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