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Our view: All elections all week

With six days and counting before Tuesday's primary election, expect the News Tribune's Opinion pages this week to be chock full of letters in support of or opposed to specific candidates as well as commentaries from candidates eager to make thei...

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With six days and counting before Tuesday's primary election, expect the News Tribune's Opinion pages this week to be chock full of letters in support of or opposed to specific candidates as well as commentaries from candidates eager to make their best pitches to voters.

The deadline for such submissions was Monday. The onslaught of elections-related commentary begins today. No, it won't be all elex talk all week, as the headline above suggests, but it won't be far from it.

Voters in Duluth on Tuesday will narrow fields in three races for the Nov. 8 general election.

Two candidates will move on in the race for City Council in the 4th District, which includes parts of Duluth Heights, Piedmont Heights, Lincoln Park and West Duluth. The incumbent, Jackie Halberg, was appointed last year by the council. Former 4th District Councilor Garry Krause also is running, as are retired city worker Wallace Newquist, financial counselor Ryan Miles and landscaper Travis Silvers. Last week the News Tribune endorsed Krause and Miles.

A field of six will be narrowed to four in the race for two At Large City Council seats. The hopefuls are entertainment promoter Eric Edwardson, Spirit Mountain chef Gareth Bates, former University of Minnesota Duluth dean Linda Krug, workforce development and economic development consultant Emily Larson, Chad Smith and Tim Riley, who has worked as a database coordinator and one-on-one job coach. The News Tribune's picks: Krug and Larson to move on.

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The third primary in Duluth is for an At Large seat on the School Board. Former district teacher Michael Miernicki, emergency dispatcher Ryan Stauber, and Doug Frisk, who has a background in computers, are the candidates. Two will advance. The News Tribune endorsed Miernicki and Stauber.

The general election will feature twice as many contested races. But let's get through the primary first before talking about those. Remember, vote Tuesday. Every vote counts -- and in a primary, which historically features low turnouts, every vote counts even more.

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