Roger Reinert announces bid for Duluth Mayor

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Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 7:48 AM CST
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DULUTH, MN-- Former City Councilor and State Senator Roger announced Thursday morning his candidacy for the 2023 Duluth Mayoral Election.

Reinert made the announcement at the Piedmont Heights Community Club.

Reinert previously served as a Duluth City Councilor from 2004-2009 and later as Minnesota State Senator in District 7B from 2009-2011.

Reinert also served as the Interim Director of the DECC from June 2020 until May 2021 and is a veteran Naval Officer.

“It feels so incredibly full circle to be back in this space watching this campaign launch,” Reinert said Thursday.

In his prepared remarks, Reinert shared three main motivations to run. “Anyone who knows me knows that I love Duluth with a passion, and I am Duluth’s greatest cheerleader. But, our community is facing some serious challenges.” Topping the list Reinert discussed what many Duluthians feel is lack of focus on core city services. “We need city government to do those things that city government must do well - streets, utilities, public safety. Parks and libraries. Tax base development. Housing. If we don’t deliver on effective and efficient core city services - no one else will.”

" I think we have some room for improvement especially on delivering on effective and efficient core city services and feel like I’ve got something to bring to them,” Reinert said during his campaign announcement Thursday.

Reinert is the second person to announce their bid for Duluth Mayor.

RELATED: Duluth Mayor Emily Larson to announce re-election campaign

Current Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced her re-election campaign back on December 13.

Larson’s campaign released the following statement Thursday reacting to Reinert’s announcement.

“Who leads the city matters. How they lead it matters more. Duluth needs a leader focused on solving problems. A leader with good, consistent values and personal relationships, one who has a clear vision for how we move forward together as a community, and a record of effectively getting things done. On these criteria I believe there is a clear choice in this race and I am the better candidate for the job. Our community will always be stronger when we put people over politics, work hard, stay focused, and deliver results. I’m proud of our successes already and I’m committed to continue building a better Duluth, together,” Larson wrote.

This race will be on the November 2023 ballot.

If needed, a primary would be held in August.

The mayor’s office is non-partisan.