City Council president and a former boxing promoter advance in Duluth mayor’s race

Duluth City Council President Emily Larson and former boxing promoter Chuck Horton will advance to the November mayoral general election after Tuesday’s primary election.

Larson, a consultant, received 67 percent of the vote; Horton was second with about 19 percent. Six other candidates were also on the ballot.

Mayor Don Ness isn’t running for a third term. Four years ago he ran unopposed to win his second term.

Larson, who had the DFL endorsement, told the Duluth News Tribune:

We’ve been working incredibly hard and really focusing on direct voter contact through door-knocking and making phone calls. We have been very consistent in our efforts and very strategic. And I’m really pleased because this shows our strategy has been very effective. 

But it also shows that the message we’re talking about — Duluth’s next chapter which involves inclusion and working with neighborhoods and continuing to build on our momentum while making sure all neighborhoods are a part of that prosperity — is something that people are looking for.

Despite Larson overwhelming primary win, Horton told the paper that he likes his odds: “You put me and her in a forum or a debate together, and I’ll close that gap so quick,” he said.

He’s been a boxing coach, but is now starting a career as a chemical dependency counselor. 

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