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Our view: Gratitude due to all who ran for expanding debate

From 12 to two: A seemingly unmanageable field of Duluth mayoral candidates was whittled down with surprising clarity Tuesday by a Duluth electorate with a clear mandate.

From 12 to two: A seemingly unmanageable field of Duluth mayoral candidates was whittled down with surprising clarity Tuesday by a Duluth electorate with a clear mandate.

That mandate was clearly for a change in leadership from the tenure of Mayor Herb Bergson. His legacy will be as much about his well-publicized missteps as it will be about his work to make Duluth a more-welcoming community, his efforts to begin tackling the retiree health care problem, his success in freeing the city of the Northwest Airlines maintenance base albatross and other achievements.

Both candidates on the November ballot seem well-positioned to enter the mayor's office with dignity and honor. Both seem poised to not only bring about change, but positive change.

None of which means that Bergson or other candidates whose campaigns fell short on Tuesday don't deserve sincere appreciation from the community. Some ran for the opportunity to be heard. All, it seemed, participated with a sincere desire to make Duluth a better place. They left little doubt Duluth will be better off as a result of their participation.

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