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VOTE 2019: Larson Wins Re-Election as Duluth Mayor

Updated: November 05, 2019 11:59 PM

Duluth voters have returned Emily Larson to the mayor's office for a second term.

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Larson defeated David Nolle in Tuesday's election with more than 60 percent of the votes, according to precinct-by-precinct results gathered by the Duluth News Tribune and WDIO.  Both candidates were gathered with supporters in Lincoln Park: Larson was at the Duluth Folk School, while Nolle was just a few blocks away at Bergey's.

When the results became official, Mayor Larson took the stage, thanking her supporters and those who voted for her.

"I am so happy to be at this point at the election, and I am so proud to say thank you to our Duluth voters for giving me another four years as your mayor," said Larson. 

Larson says she worked just as hard during this campaign as she did when she was first elected four years ago.

"I truly believe that our voters deserve a healthy campaign to figure out what they want to be about, to figure out who we are about, and every time that we went out, we went out with purpose and we went out with vision," said Larson.

Now Larson says it's time to hit the ground running, and pick up where she left off last term.

"I'm excited to continue on some of the path that we've already begun. The voters were very clear, very overwhelming that our direction is one that they feel connected to, and want to continue to support," said Larson. 

So moving forward, she says she is going to continue focusing on affordable housing, street repairs, and meeting energy goals.

And she says her experience the last four years will help her as she is again set to lead the city. 

"I am constantly learning something new about an issue, a program, a project, a neighborhood, and so it has made me sharper. I step into this next term sharper than I did four years ago, and I'm really excited about that," said Larson. 

In an interview with WDIO prior to the election, Larson pointed to the expansion of the Lincoln Park business district as evidence that right now is a great time to do business in the city.

"What's exciting to me about Lincoln Park and the business district is how organic that has been meaning that the city has really responded to the appetite and thirst that businesses have to take root and expand there," Larson said last week.

Nolle had said he was hoping to work with the business community to eliminate what he called unnecessary roadblocks to grow the city's economy.  In an interview prior to the election, Nolle said he wanted to bring fresh leadership and new ideas to address issues like creating more affordable housing and combating the opioid epidemic.

"I'm a dad, a family man that wants to make Duluth a better place for everyone here," Nolle said.

For election results, visit https://www.wdio.com/election/.

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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