Just when the mayoral race seemed to be a ho-hum, 20-candidate affair, Pleasant Grove’s Larry Duncan says he is going to run. And not a moment too soon.

Duncan, even though he is 61 and white, will offer a refreshing contrast to the mostly middle-aged, mostly male and mostly Anglo leading contenders given his track record on the City Council in the 1990s. He was a neighborhood guy, not only looking out for Pleasant Grove but working with other neighborhood types on the council, like Craig McDaniel, to make sure the business and real estate interests that were trying to run things acknowledged that the rest of us lived here, too.

Whether Duncan can  raise enough money to be a serious candidate is the key. Still, in a 21-person race, he could get to a runoff just on name recognition. And it’s never a bad thing to have someone from Pleasant Grove running, as those of us who remember Max Goldblatt can attest.

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