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Incumbents keep Duluth City Council seats

Marsha Anderson Bomar, standing, celebrates with supporters at PURE Taqueria after being re-elected to Duluth City Council Post 1. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Marsha Anderson Bomar, standing, celebrates with supporters at PURE Taqueria after being re-elected to Duluth City Council Post 1. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Duluth City Council candidate Seth Grey cast his vote just before 7 p.m. Tuesday during the city’s runoff election. Grey lost to incumbent Councilman Jim Dugan. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Jim Dugan

DULUTH — Just 14 votes separated the two candidates seeking Duluth City Council Post 2 in Tuesday’s runoff election, according to unofficial results.

Incumbent Jim Dugan drew 271 votes to secure a fourth term as a councilman, while challenger Seth Grey received 257 votes.

“I’d like to thank all those who supported me in both the general and the runoff elections, and I’m thrilled that the community still thinks highly of me and supports me,” Dugan said after waiting for results to come in at Duluth City Hall. “I will do everything I can to continue to work for and with the people to enhance our economy, to build a better Duluth, to keep our taxes in line, balance our budget and spend our money wisely.”

Incumbent Marsha Anderson Bomar was also re-elected during Tuesday’s runoff and will serve a third term in office. She received 292 votes to challenger David Cossette’s 229 votes, a difference of 63 votes.

“I’m very excited. I’m just thrilled to have the opportunity to keep serving,” Bomar said while celebrating her re-election at PURE Taqueria in downtown Duluth. “I’ve got a lot of energy and a lot of hope that the citizens will embrace this new term and come and share in building the city to be even better than it is.”

Bomar said she won’t seek re-election in four years and that her third term as a council member will be her last.

“I think it’s good to have some turnover and some new ideas,” she said, “so I’m hoping that during this four years that I can work with some of the people who are really interested in serving this city and make sure that they’re really ready so they can be successful on the next election.”