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Proulx and Roberts advance in Carlton County commissioner race

Tom Proulx trounced his competition in the primary race for District 3 Carlton County commissioner Tuesday. With 57 percent of the vote, he beat Mark Roberts, who garnered 28 percent, and Gary Gatewood, who took 13 percent.

Tom Proulx trounced his competition in the primary race for District 3 Carlton County commissioner Tuesday. With 57 percent of the vote, he beat Mark Roberts, who garnered 28 percent, and Gary Gatewood, who took 13 percent.

"I am very pleased with the results," said Proulx, a Carlton County juvenile probation officer and at large Cloquet city councilor. "[The percentage] was better than I was anticipating."

Roberts was happy to advance to the general election against Proulx.

"The overall outcome is pretty much what I expected, although the percentages, not so much," he said. "We'll need to be a little more aggressive in getting the word out and we're looking forward to the contest."

Roberts, a senior design technician at SEH consulting firm in Duluth, said one of the attributes making him the best choice for commissioner is his work experience dealing with land use, infrastructure, grants and economic development.

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"All of these things the county deals with on a constant basis," he said. "I think [my work experience] gives me stronger insight."

Proulx cited his political experience as the key difference between him and Roberts.

"With my experience on Cloquet School Board and Cloquet City Council, I know tough budgets," he said. "I would ask people not to vote for me based on what I say I'm going to do, but for what I'm currently doing. I think that speaks volumes."

Roberts and Proulx are vying for the seat to be vacated by Commissioner Mel Tan.

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