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Don Ness Fb Post

Don Ness Fb Post

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Published by Lars Leafblad
Duluth Mayor Don Ness hints at non seeking re-election in 2016 on his Facebook page.
Duluth Mayor Don Ness hints at non seeking re-election in 2016 on his Facebook page.

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Published by: Lars Leafblad on Jul 04, 2014
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Don Ness Facebook post - July 3, 2014Its a beautiful day in Duluth and its going to be a great holiday weekend!Now that were half way through 2014, the decision of whether to run for re-election next year is starting to loom. Im increasingly faced with projects that will continue into 2016 and beyond which is a constant reminder of my own uncertainty. So while Laura and I have thought about an end of year decision, Im now feeling we should make it earliermaybe early fall.Over the past year, Ive always tried to postpone this discussion. Unfortunately, speculation and misinformation is now filling the void, which is especially frustrating. So, I cant avoid it any longer.Its a tough decision. On one hand, I have never enjoyed the work more than right now. I love the people I work with and the projects Im working on, especially the St Louis River Corridor vision. Weve still got huge challenges, but were making progress. Were seeing a surge in development interest this year and it feels like Duluths reputation is improving. While I love the work, Im struggling to generate any enthusiasm for the political side of the job. I used to be able to just roll with the misinformation, negativity, cynicism, and council drama in order to keep an eye on the bigger picture. But it takes its toll and Im afraid I may be losing patience fora really important part of the job. Thats not a complaint; its recognition of whats changing for me.Turnover in the mayors oce is a healthy thing. Theres no question that Duluth would benefit from a mayor who brought a different set of strengths and fresh energy to the job. If you do it right, its not a job designed for

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