July 18, 2007
Eight people seek At Large council seat
The number of Duluth mayoral candidates rose to
a dozen Tuesday with three new filings just before the deadline.
While Herb Bergson’s turnabout filing for re-election gained
the most attention, former St. Louis County Commissioner Joanne
Fay and Todd Gremmels also filed for mayor. Neither Fay nor Gremmels
could be reached for comment Tuesday.
The Duluth At Large City Council seat has ballooned
to an eight-person race after four additional candidates filed Tuesday,
the final day of filing.
Councilor Tim Little was the only incumbent to
file Tuesday. He said he decided it wasn’t time to quit.
“I’m not ready to give up. I think
regardless of the outcome, there’s going to be a change in
City Council, for sure,” he said.
Like most candidates, Little predicted his campaign
would have a lot to do with talking about how to fix the retiree
After losing a bid for a 4th District seat two
years ago and mayor eight years ago, Jon Donahue is running again.
This time he wants to secure the At Large seat
on the council.
“I feel that someone has to take on these
special-interest groups,” the 42-year-old father of three
said. “I feel the need to stand up and speak on behalf of
many people in this town who are tired of being bullied around by
the city’s unions,” he said.
While the lifelong resident thinks the city should
honor agreements with retirees, he believes the city needs to be
tougher on unions.
Another At Large candidate, Becky Hall, lost an
election in November to long-term incumbent Thomas Huntley for the
state House District 7A seat.
This time, she wants to try to push Duluth in
a positive direction.
“I really want to be a part of a process
that can see some things change in Duluth,” said Hall, who
moved to Duluth five years ago, and plans to spend the rest of her
“I would just like to see the city get its
books in order,” said Hall, 43.
Tony Salls, who ran for an open At Large seat
in 2003, filed Tuesday for the At Large position as well. Salls
was general manager of Duluth’s former Chi-Chi’s Mexican
Restaurante and was an outspoken critic of a ban on smoking in restaurants.
He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Jeff Anderson, Jack Arnold, Henry Banks and Tony
Cuneo also have all filed as candidates for the At Large seat.
Jay Fosle also filed Tuesday for the 5th District
“I decided to run for safety for the community,”
Fosle, 46, said he wants to reopen more community
centers and enhance the city’s neighborhood watch programs.
He wants to give kids more to do, and reduce crime in Duluth.
This will be his first bid for office. He’s
running against incumbent Russell Stover and challengers William
Max Unger and Allan Beaulier.