2/16/2018 1:01:00 PM With Nolan not
running, DFL list of candidates grows
Congressman Rick Nolan put out a statement February 9 announcing he will not run for re-election and will retire at the end of this two-year House term.
He said the announcement was timed so that interested candidates can consider their plans and the DFL party hopefuls can introduce themselves at local and district conventions.
The DFL Party’s senate district 32 convention, which makes up the south end of the 8th Congressional District, in Chisago County and Isanti counties, meets March 17 at North Branch High School.
The 8th congressional district convention (where a Democrat U.S. House candidate would presumably be endorsed) takes place in Duluth, April 14 at Holiday Inn.
Rep. Nolan is concluding his second term in the U.S. House for the 8th District. He returned to D.C. after a decades-long interlude from federal office. He represented what was then an area designated as the 6th District from 1975 to 1981.
He enjoyed life during this political intermission as a small business owner in northern Minnesota. Nolan has four adult children, many grandchildren and he says, as somebody in his mid-70s, he wants to devote his time to family now.
Nolan added, in his statement that the decision was “agonizing” but, it is time to “pass the baton to the next generation.”
Two Democrat district residents have announced their desire to seek the congressional seat-- although more candidates are anticipated once an incumbent has stepped out of the election picture.
North Branch’s current mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, who works in public health as an independent contractor, and Leah Phifer, formerly in immigrations enforcement, who is now a post secondary teacher and resides in Isanti, have declared they are interested.