VOTE 2019: New Faces to Join Duluth City Council

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Updated: November 05, 2019 10:42 PM

Several new faces will join the Duluth City Council after the 2019 election. 


At Large

In a tight at large race, local businessman Derek Medved unseated current President Noah Hobbs. Arik Forsman will keep the at large seat he was appointed to after former Councilor Elissa Hansen resigned. 

  • Derek Medved - 27% (8,648)
  • Arik Forsman - 26% (8,351)
  • Noah Hobbs - 25% (8,077)
  • Mike Mayou - 23% (7,351)

Hobbs said he is proud of his record over his four years on the council. 

"From Uber, Lyft, reducing red tape in City Hall to opening a warming center for folks experiencing homelessness, I've made Duluth a better place," Hobbs wrote. "I have appreciated the support the past four years." 

Other Districts

The District 3 and 5 races had no incumbent. Roz Randorf won District 3, and Janet Kennedy will represent District 5. Councilors Em Westerlund and Jay Fosle opted not to run again. 

District 3

  • Roz Randorf - 55% (1,528)
  • Theresa O'Halloran-Johnson - 45% (1,231)

District 5

  • Janet Kennedy - 52% (2,007)
  • Jeanne Koneczny - 48% (1,829)

Incumbent Gary Anderson won his seat back over challenger Becky Hall in District 1.

District 1

  • Gary Anderson - 60% (3,413)
  • Becky Hall - 40% (2,252)

Hall congratulated Councilor Anderson and wished him well. 

"Voters had two different visions to choose from, and they decided to keep going in the current direction," Hall wrote in a statement. "I'm comfortable with that result, because that's how democracy works."

Results are unofficial until the Secretary of State certifies them. 

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