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Roger Reinert participated in a Duluth mayoral debate in Canal Park over the noon hour Wednesday. Howie /

"This past summer both Duluth Fire and Duluth Police chose to endorse our campaign for Mayor. I am grateful to the women and men of Duluth's public safety team, and grateful for their constant support. Recently, the third major union representing City employees, AFSCME Council 5 (Local 66), voted to not endorse any candidate in our race. That means the three main unions which represent our City employees are proactively seeking, or are open to, a new partner in City Hall. This is consistent with countless conversations I have had over the past eight months - and even prior.

When I announced last January I said that one of my goals was to see City Hall be a better partner. To businesses, to major events, to area organizations, to our residents, and to our own City employees. City workers love their jobs. And, they are passionate about our community. They deserve a positive work environment where they feel supported and appreciated for all they do – the things that everyone wants done by the City Government.

I am proud of these folks. I see the hard work that they do each day, and I am eager to be their next partner. To provide competitive wages, good benefits, and a great place to work."