Mayor Don Ness
Don Ness was elected mayor in 2007 from a field of 12 candidates. Four years later, Ness became the first mayor to run unopposed since Duluth was incorporated in 1887.
Mayor Ness takes a no-nonsense, solution-minded approach to his job. His administration has adopted the motto "Own it - Solve it" and has developed an impressive record of accomplishment and problem solving.
The accomplishments have not gone unrecognized. 2013 Leaders in Public Policy awarded Duluth as 2013 Local Government of the Year. Minnesota Monthly named Mayor Ness as one of ten "Minnesotans of 2012" and the 2013 National Citizen Survey showed that residents of Duluth gave Mayor Ness a 90% job approval rating.
Ness graduated from UMD in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration and is currently working on a MBA degree. Don and his wife Laura have three children, Eleanor, James, and Owen. They live in the Hillside neighborhood of Duluth.
Primary accomplishments of the Ness Administration (2008-present):