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Duluth council seat to be decided in runoff election

DULUTH -- Two candidates for Duluth's Post 3 council seat will face off again in a Dec. 1 runoff election, based on Tuesday's unofficial polling results. Billy Jones had 276 votes and Elise Whitworth had 255. Neither candidate won more than 50 percent of the votes, making a runoff election necessary.

The third candidate for the Post 3 seat, George Rhode, won 127 votes.

The 50-year-old Jones, who previously served on the Duluth Citizens' Budget Committee and City Council, brings what he calls a "very vested interest" to the council. With five generations of his family living in Duluth, the city's economic future is one thing of great interest to him.

"I'm encouraged that I got the support that I got. We'll continue to work to get the word out between now and December 1," Jones said.

Whitworth, 61, is an online faculty member of Axia College of the University of Phoenix. She vows to help generate more job opportunities, improve the city's infrastructure, focus on crime prevention, multi-generational planning, sustainable growth and historic preservation.

"I came in only 21 votes behind the front-runner tonight. I'm confident that I'll win this election. Losing is not an option," she said.

Incumbents Marsha Anderson Bomar and Jim Dugan ran unopposed for Posts 1 and 2 council seats. Both were re-elected, with Bomar garnering 508 votes and Dugan receiving 513.