DULUTH - Political newcomer Nancy Harris will serve as the next mayor of Duluth.
Harris, the former principal of B.B. Harris Elementary School, said she was relieved to hear she had won. Harris beat Jim Johnson 663 to 495, according to unofficial election results.
"I'm just thrilled," she said, as she celebrated at Rexall Grill. "I'm enjoying the moment."
Harris said she was especially pleased with the voter turnout, which she thinks was the best it has been in recent years.
Maxine Garner, who was celebrating with Harris, said she hopes as many voters turn out Dec. 4 for the runoff election. Garner and Greg Whitlock, who received the most votes in the race for the City Council's Post 5, will face each other again in that election.
Garner received 466 votes, Whitlock received 404, Marline Santiago-Cook received 212 and Arnie Garrett received 48, according to the unofficial results.
"I'm so glad there was such a large turnout," Garner said. "I'm really looking forward to the runoff."
With four people running for one seat, Whitlock said he expected there to be a runoff, and he said he was excited to make it to the next round.
With the mayoral race complete, Whitlock said the challenge will be getting the voters out again next month. He said he's been preparing for a runoff, and he'll be focusing on getting people to the polls on Dec. 4.
Garner said it's important for residents to vote in local elections because the City Council's business affects the residents' lives on a day-to-day basis.
Voters also approved the tax allocation district referendum, which passed 924 to 216.