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Three more file for offices in Duluth

Three more people filed for political offices in Duluth Tuesday, including two already announced mayoral candidates -- Chuck Horton and James Mattson -- and a new entrant into the race to represent 5th District residents on the city council.

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Derrick Ellis

Three more people filed for political offices in Duluth Tuesday, including two already announced mayoral candidates - Chuck Horton and James Mattson - and a new entrant into the race to represent 5th District residents on the city council.

Derrick Ellis, 36, who resides on Tacony Street, said he would seek more thoughtful development in Duluth.

"I think Duluth has been in such a rush to grow that we're growing too fast. We need a more measured approach," he said. "I want Duluth to grow but not at the expense of people who already call our city home."

"I want to be a voice for the people who live in Duluth, because I don't think we really have that on the city council right now," said Ellis, who works for St. Louis County's Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Ellis will face incumbent Jay Fosle and challenger Janet Kennedy, both of whom had already filed as 5th District city council candidates to represent Duluth's westernmost residents.

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The election will mark Ellis' first run for public office. He said he will not seek any political party endorsements, as he considers himself to be a middle-of-the-road candidate.

Originally from Ohio, Ellis has made his home in Duluth for nearly 20 years now. He is married and the father of two boys, ages 16 and 4, and one daughter, who is about to celebrate her third birthday.

Horton and Mattson had earlier declared their intentions to seek office as Duluth's next mayor. They made their bids official by filing as candidates Tuesday.

The two will face candidates Emily Larson and John Socha in their mayoral bids.

Incumbent Mayor Don Ness earlier announced he will not seek a third term in office.

Peter Passi covers city government for the Duluth News Tribune. He joined the paper in April 2000, initially as a business reporter but has worked a number of beats through the years.
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