DFL Candidates Vie To Replace Vulnerable MN GOP Congressman

Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District race is already rated a toss up by the Cook Report, even though Democrats have not picked which candidate is going to face first-term Republican Chip Cravaack.

That process of endorsing a candidate begins this Tuesday at Minnesota’s precinct caucuses. So with less than a few days to make their decision, it’s no wonder that 75 people recently fought their way through a snowstorm in Northeastern Minnesota to hear three of the Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) candidates who would like to replace Representative Cravaack.

Former Congressman Rick Nolan, Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson, and former state Senator Tarryl Clark answered questions.

Kristin Larsen, chair of the St. Louis County DFL provided The UpTake with this unedited video of the forum and the following description of the event:

On Friday January 27th there was a snowstorm in Northeastern Minnesota, none the less, more than 75 people showed up at the Finland Minnesota Clair Nelson Center to participate in a Forum held by the Lake County, Cook County and St. Louis County Units of the DFL.

It was the first event of its kind and all participating hope for many such events in the future – aimed at better informing the public about DFL Candidates. The candidates were all vying for the 8th CD Congressional seat. Questions included several regarding proposed non ferrous mining in the region.

Candidates all indicated a desire to protect the environment while furthering economic development. Questions answered also included how health care changes would proceed, how medicare and social security would be supported, how we would proceed to allocate the US budget.

The candidates participating were Rick Nolan, Jeff Anderson, and Tarryl Clark the three are experienced and talented Minnesotans. They describe themselves briefly as follows :

Rick Nolan says he is a former 3 term Congressman, who has committed to abide by the endorsement of the 8th District. Rick says, “My experience as the owner of a saw mill and pallet factory in the heart of the 8th district, my experience in world trade, my experience as an active union member, a teacher, a farmer, a hunter, a husband and father who has lived in the 8th district my entire life, all prepares me to be your representative in Congress. ”

Tarryl Clark says she is a proven leader who has spent the last 24 years fighting for the priorities of Minnesota’s kids, seniors, veterans, families and communities. In Washington, Tarryl will make sure that our families and communities –not Wall Street CEOs and Billionaires– come first.

Jeff Anderson says he’s a fourth generation Iron Ranger and resident of Duluth. He has been a strong, progressive leader on the Duluth City Council and will be a strong, forward thinking progressive leader in Washington,DC, who says he can win because of his roots on the Iron Range and his electability in Duluth, the largest city in the district, he says, make him the most electable candidate in the race.

All three candidates Tarryl Clark, Jeff Anderson and Rick Nolan were articulate and responsive to questions from the audience and moderators.

It was an exciting evening in remote Finland, Minnesota. The chairs of the Lake, Cook and St. Louis County DFL urged everyone to get to their caucuses participate in choosing the DFL endorsed candidate and and help the parties reflect their values and their hopes for our state and nation.

Minnesota precinct caucus locations

Michael McIntee

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