Duluth mayor Don Ness unopposed in election

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Duluth Mayor Don Ness won’t face an opponent as he seeks reelection. At 4:30p.m. Thursday afternoon the deadline to submit papers to become a mayoral candidate passed without any challengers trying to add their name to the ballot.

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The Duluth New Tribune writes that Ness has an approval rating of 86 percent.

An annual survey of Duluth residents finds mostly improved opinions about the state of the city. … Ness isn’t the only one enjoying a more positive report. The City Council’s job performance rating jumped 10 percentage points over the past year, from 58 percent to 68 percent.

Ness running unopposed stands out in the city where a contested congressional race could change the partisan lineup of the U.S. House after the 2012 elections.

Incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack is seeking a second term while his family moves to New Hampshire. The Republican has a line of challengers hoping to face him in the November election. They aren’t faring as well as Cravaack in early fundraising, but the nominated DFL candidate could benefit from outside money in the general election.

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