4/20/2018 11:31:00 AM No endorsement at 8th
Congressional District Democrat convention
The Democrats in the Eighth Congressional District race will hold a primary in August, due to the congressional convention delegates failing to endorse one candidate.
According to reports the 170 delegates gathered April 14 at a hotel in Duluth, went about 10 hours and could not find a strong consensus to back just one of five main contenders for the DFL Party nod.
The GOP meanwhile appears firmly behind endorsement of a St. Louis County Commissioner, Pete Stauber, as the Republican 8th District candidate.
Democrat Congressman Rick Nolan has announced he will retire at the end of this year and the 8th is considered “up for grabs” by the pundits. Nolan did express support at the convention behind Joe Radinovich, who has worked in Nolan’s campaign and stepped aside from a job in the Minneapolis mayor’s office to run for this congressional seat. Radinovich and Leah Phifer were leading in percentage of votes when the convention closed.
Michelle Lee, one of three candidates who got lesser delegate support last weekend, released a statement that she will take her campaign “to the people.”
Lee said she will sign a DFL Code of Campaign Fair Practices and asked all candidates to do so. The code calls for “civility” and engaging in constructive debate leading to a primary.
Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, North Branch Mayor and State Rep. Jason Metsa are the other candidates that did not garner endorsement level support.
Hagen Kennedy will be on the primary ballot.
She stated, “Given the result of no endorsement ...I will continue my grassroots campaign to be the first Congresswoman from Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District. I joined this race because I believe that we must fight for men, women, transgender, children, seniors, immigrants, workers, First Nation-- all of us who live here-- to keep our district and nation strong. We must listen to each other and build coalitions here in our 8th district to keep us united in creating a better world for us all.
“My track record of running and winning as a Progressive in a Conservative district by bringing together DFLers, Republicans, Independents, will work to win this November, against the politics of hate and divisiveness that are invading our national discussion.”
Jason Metsa stated on Twitter over the weekend he is following through with his campaign to the primary.
Convention rules grant delegates 10 ballots to achieve a minimum of 60 percent backing from the 170 delegates, for a candidate to be endorsed.
FYI... The Janet Johnson (former state senator for this region) Dinner is April 26, at NorthFolk Winery in Stark. Anyone interested or active in the Isanti-Chisago county DFL who wants to honor women in local politics should check it out. See the Isanti-Chisago DFL website for details.