The Duluth News Tribune editorial board today endorsed Duluth mayoral candidates Emily Larson and Roger Reinert ahead of three other candidates in the Aug. 8 primary election.
The Duluth Times invited both Reinert and Larson to comment on the DNT endorsement.
Said Larson: " “I’m grateful to have this endorsement and vote of confidence as well as the endorsement of the Duluth DFL, The Duluth Building and Construction Trades, The Teamsters, LiUNA, Conservation Minnesota, IBEW Local 242, UFCW Local 1189, The Carpenters, and The Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 11. All these groups made the choice to endorse my re-election because they understand the historical progress and success we are making as a city.
And elections are choices. Choices about who has the vision for where we are going and the ability to move us forward, together. We deserve a leader with good, consistent values and strong personal relationships. A leader with a clear vision and demonstrated record of effectively getting things done.
Our city can continue to lead on infrastructure, housing, climate, racial equity, and supporting working families. My administration has delivered on all these in deep, real, and meaningful ways. We have not backed down from the challenge of building economic vitality for a thriving community. And we will continue to lead and innovate, because this vision is for our community's shared future, not simply a single moment or election.
I'm a mayor committed to solutions of lasting impact. My record and my values are clear. I'm grateful for these endorsements and I'm prepared to continue this worthy effort with you. Not only am I ready, I'm eager for what's next.
Together, we have accomplished so much. And together, we will accomplish much more."
Said Reinert: "I appreciate the support of the Duluth News Tribune as we accelerate towards the Primary. I love what we're doing, and how we are doing it. Duluth is ready for something different. We remain focused on the five Big Issues: housing, commercial tax base growth, STREETS!, Downtown Duluth, and affordable property taxes. We also remain focused on our own campaign, and staying positive. We have not had a robust election for Mayor since 2007. As the DNT notes, we have multiple well-qualified candidates this year. That's good for Duluth, and good for democracy."
Read Our View: Mayor's race a foregone conclusion (paywall).