Herb Bergson

Herb Bergson

Bergson at an anti-poverty rally, 2005
37th Mayor of Duluth
In office
January 5, 2004  January 7, 2008
Preceded by Gary Doty
Succeeded by Don Ness
Personal details
Political party Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Herb Bergson is an American politician from Duluth, Minnesota, and former mayor of that city. He lost his bid for re-election in a crowded 12-candidate primary in September 2007.[1]

Bergson was elected mayor of Duluth in 2003, taking a two-way race with 57 percent of the vote over local businessman Charlie Bell. He succeeded Gary Doty, who retired from the office after serving three terms. Bergson had also run unsuccessfully for the office in 1999, and went on to win a seat on the Duluth City Council.

In December 2005 Bergson pleaded no contest to a drunk driving charge, after crashing a vehicle he was driving into a bridge near Spooner, Wisconsin. Bergson Emerged to address the press on December 15, after suffering from a concussion and other injuries. At a press conference on after the incident, Bergson stated that he does not have an alcohol problem, and that he "Would never drink again."[2] In May 2012 Bergsen was again arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, followed by an additional arrest in September 2013 which resulted in 4 additional charges, including drunk driving and driving with an open container.[3]

Bergson is the only mayor of Duluth to have also served two terms as mayor of Superior, Wisconsin, Duluth's Twin Ports sister city across Lake Superior. He had been a police patrolman when he unseated the incumbent mayor in Superior in the late 1980s. After leaving that office, Bergson returned to active duty and served as a police detective in Superior.


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