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Duluth residents to decide between incumbents, political newcomers in runoff

Marsha Anderson Bomar

Marsha Anderson Bomar

DULUTH — Duluth residents will fill two city council seats come Dec. 3.

Running for Post 1 are incumbent Marsha Anderson Bomar and David Cossette. Incumbent Jim Dugan is seeking another term for Post 2 and is being challenged by Seth Grey.

Post 1

Cossette calls himself a visionary and said he would be well suited to serve in Post 1.

“I will utilize my vast experience in business and manufacturing operations to create a foundation for implementation and completion of future projects,” he said.

The 56-year-old account manager lists one of his top priorities as engaging residents and creating an open environment with more opportunities for residents to voice their opinions prior to final votes by council. If elected, he also plans to highlight economic development by revising the city organizational chart to ensure economic development is on par with other departments and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of city employees by allowing the professional staff greater leeway to draw upon their education and work experiences in implementing day-to-day operations.

Cossette is challenging incumbent Bomar, who says her knowledge of local business and real estate, both residential and commercial, helps her understand the base on which the city can build. She’s seeking a third term in office, which she says will be her final term.

“My knowledge and relationships have helped to advance many infrastructure projects and stimulate interest from the development community,” she said. “I look forward to future conversations with citizens and developers, investors and entrepreneurs to find the right time and place for new investments.

“We have many gems in Duluth and need to use those as building blocks,” Bomar continued. “They are sprinkled from corner to corner in the City, serve different purposes and provide a big platform for the continued growth of quality and quantity of opportunity.”

In the Nov. 5 municipal election, Bomar drew 541 votes to Cossette’s 391.

Post 2

Dugan, who is seeking a fourth term as a councilman, said the city of Duluth deserves someone who works hard, has a vision and is willing to put in the time necessary to make things happen.

“I have served the citizens of Duluth for 14 years and know what it takes to be a dependable and strong leader,” he said. “We have a lot of momentum building in the city and I want to continue the economic development of Duluth by attracting new businesses, building city/business partnerships, and continuing to enhance infrastructures — roads, stormwater management, parks and recreation. I want to continue working hard to create a family-centered, work/live/play community.”

Grey, a political newcomer, said his primary motivation for seeking a council seat are his four children.

“I ask myself the question, ‘What type of place do I want my kids to be living in, and what do I want the city to look like 10 years from now?’ I would be honored to be a part of shaping the future of Duluth.”

Grey said one of this top priorities, if elected, would be to engage citizens, especially given the renewal of the special purpose local option sales tax.

“… it is so important that City Council clearly hears the wants and desires of the citizens before moving forward with spending the money generated by the SPLOST program,” Grey said.

The 31-year-old public relations director also plans to engage businesses with the city.

“So many business owners do not feel that the City of Duluth is on their side,” he said. “I would strive to set a tone that the City of Duluth is an advocate and grateful for every business within our city limits.”

Grey said one of his project-based goals would be enabling a free wireless cloud in the downtown Duluth area. He said it’s a realistic goal that would enhance the attraction of the area.

“I believe my newness to the city allows for a fresh perspective,” Grey added. “I want to bring new energy with new ideas to the City.”

Dugan, who has lived in Duluth for the past 28 years, said it’s his experience that makes him an effective councilman and he would bring that wealth of experience into a fourth term.

“Knowledge and experience is very important in decision-making for our city,” he said. “Becoming familiar with why and how past decisions were made and how they integrate with other decisions is beneficial to the overall plans and strategic direction of our city. I believe my experience, government training, and dedication make me better qualified to continue serving on city council.”

Dugan lists as his top three priorities, if reelected, as continuing to encourage new investments and new business development both in downtown Duluth and along its corridors, pushing city staff to simplify the methods used to complete business licenses and to expedite the permitting process and reestablish “town talks” to establish a conversation with residents.

”I am passionate about our city and want to continue serving on the city council to make Duluth a community we can all be proud to call home,” he said.

In the Nov. 5 municipal election, Dugan drew 473 votes to Grey’s 346.


Office: Duluth City Council

Post: 1


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Marsha Anderson Bomar

Marsha Anderson Bomar (i)

Age: 61

Education: Master’s degree in engineering, Princeton University; master’s degree in transportation planning and engineering and bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

Occupation: Senior principal, transportation and executive director of Netweaving, Stantec

Political experience: Two terms on Duluth City Council, a variety of appointed positions

Family: Husband Lucien Bomar; children Charles Anderson and wife Aubrey, Ross Anderson, Alexis Anderson, stepchildren Tara, Heath and wife Jacqueline and Adam and wife Liz; step-grandchildren Wesley, Luke and Alexandria


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David Cossette

David Cossette

Age: 56

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration

Occupation: Account manager

Political experience: None

Family: Information not provided


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Jim Dugan

Jim Dugan

Age: Information not provided

Education: Bachelor’s degree in business management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Occupation: Senior business analyst

Political experience: Current Duluth City Council member serving third term

Family: Wife, Susan; children Ashley Dugan and Matt Dugan


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Seth Grey

Seth Grey

Age: 31

Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications, Emmanuel College, Franklin Springs, Ga.

Occupation: Director of public relations, In Touch Ministries

Political experience: None

Family: Wife, Hannah; sons Chase, 4, Charlie, 2 and twin daughters Sydney and Savannah, 10 months old