On September 12, 2017, Renee led the vote-getters for the primary in the 4th District.  Here is the report for the Duluth News Tribune.

In the 4th District, Renee Van Nett came out on top with nearly 45 percent of the primary votes cast, but incumbent Howie Hanson will proceed to the general election with nearly 34 percent of the district votes, enough for a second-place finish. Meanwhile, Tom Furman was knocked out of the 4th District council race after receiving just over 21 percent of the vote.

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