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Duluth council races result in runoffs

Assistant poll manager Kristine Denney signs printouts from a voting machine at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Assistant poll manager Kristine Denney signs printouts from a voting machine at Duluth City Hall on Tuesday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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Marsha Anderson Bomar

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David Cossette

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Jim Dugan

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Seth Grey

DULUTH — The candidates who will hold posts 1 and 2 on the Duluth City Council won’t be decided until Dec. 3.

Both races Tuesday resulted in a runoff, with no candidate receiving 50 percent of votes plus an additional vote for a clear victory.

According to unofficial results, for Post 1, incumbent Marsha Anderson Bomar received 541 votes and will face challenger David Cossette, who received 391 votes, in the runoff.

“I was hoping I would win it outright, but I’m more than willing to pull upon the voters who voted for myself or Mr. Tseng and turn this into a victory for the city of Duluth,” Cossette said Tuesday night.

Louis Tseng, the third candidate vying for Post 1, received 214 votes.

“I’m ready to go,” Bomar said of the runoff. “I’m looking forward to talking with my constituents and making sure that we turn out a good vote for the runoff.”

For Post 2, incumbent Jim Dugan will face challenger Seth Grey, who was separated from Kirkland Carden, the third candidate in the race, by just nine votes — Dugan received 473 votes and Grey received 346.

“I am so grateful for all the support and people that came out and voted,” Grey said. “It’s very humbling that people would cast your name as their vote, and I’m just honored to continue to run in this runoff. I’m excited that I get another opportunity to talk with the citizens of Duluth and share my heart’s desire, engage with them and listen to their thoughts and ideas on how we can make Duluth a better city.”

“I’m excited that I was the top vote-getter,” Dugan said, “and looking forward to a good, clean runoff.”

Early voting for the Dec. 3 runoff will begin as soon as printed ballots are available, possibly as early as next week.