On Tuesday night, voters in Duluth sent a strong message to left-wing Mayor Emily Larson. Seeking re-election to a third term, she only advanced to the general election with 35% of the vote. Her more moderate opponent advanced to the general with an incredible 63% of the vote.
Thanks to Duluth’s jungle primary election system, the top two candidates from last night’s primary (incumbent Emily Larson and challenger Roger Reinert) will face off in the November 7th general election. However, Larson getting 35% as an incumbent is embarrassing.
The strong showing for Roger Reinert, a former moderate Democrat State Senator who calls himself “fiscally conservative,” shows that the far-left leadership in Duluth has let citizens down.
Larson has served as Mayor of Duluth since January of 2016. Under her leadership, the city has:
- Declared a “Climate Emergency” in 2021. She claims emissions are down 32%.
- A 25% property tax increase.
- A $23 million budget increase.
- An increase of 19 city employees.
Tack these problems onto the already growing issues of low housing inventory and out-of-control crime, it is not hard to see why voters wanted change.
Larson’s poor showing came even after she was endorsed by Democrat Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Democrat Party. Embarrassing!
She has between now and November to try and repair her relationship with Duluth voters, though she is already far behind her more conservative opponent.