Emily Larson is Duluth’s next mayor

Emily Larson

Emily Larson

Emily Larson cruised to a victory in Tuesday’s election for Mayor of Duluth with more than 70 percent of the vote. With her defeat of Chuck Horton, she will become the first woman to lead the Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas.

Voters selected Elissa Hanson and Noah Hobbs as the next at-large city councilors, another win for DFL-endorsed candidates and the Duluth “youth movement.” Hobbs is in my fantasy football league and I play him next Sunday. I’m hoping he used up all his luck this week.

In the district races, Gary Anderson defeated Karl Spring in District 1; Joel Sipress was unopposed in District 2; Em Westerlund won in District 3, besting Barrie Love who had suspended her campaign; incumbent Jay Fosle, one of the council’s few conservatives, won re-election over Janet Kennedy.

In general, Duluth continued its trend of youth and liberalism. Outgoing mayor Don Ness will see one of the candidates he recruited to public office take his place, and a city council generally committed to his philosophy and political goals. That is the final touch on one of the most remarkable political stints in recent Northern Minnesota history.


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