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More candidates file to run for state office

Rick Nolan officially filed to run for re-election to Minnesota's 8th Congressional District seat on Friday, setting up a rematch with challenger Stewart Mills.

Barring primary challengers — the filing period for candidates remains open through Tuesday — Nolan, a Democrat, will take on Mills, a Republican, in the Nov. 8 general election.

Other candidates for state office who have filed in the past week include:

• Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, seeking re-election to his Senate District 3 seat.

• Skeeter Tomczak, a Republican from Eveleth, running against incumbent David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, in Senate District 6. Tomassoni previously filed to run.

• Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, seeking re-election to his Senate District 11 seat.

• Michael Cummins, a Republican from Brook Park, Minn., running against Lourey in Senate District 11. Cummins also ran against Lourey for the state Senate in 2010.

• Rob Ecklund, DFL-International Falls, seeking re-election to his House District 3A seat.

• Mary Murphy, DFL-Hermantown, seeking re-election to her House District 3B seat.

• Dennis Barsness, a member of the Green Party from Bovey, seeking election to the House District 5B seat held by Democrat Tom Anzelc. Anzelc and Republican challenger Sandy Layman previously filed to run.

• Rob Farnsworth, a Republican from Hibbing, seeking election to the House District 6A seat being vacated by Democrat Carly Melin. Five DFL candidates have announced their intent to run for the seat — but none had officially filed as of Friday afternoon.

• Jason Metsa, DFL-Virginia, seeking re-election to his House District 6B seat.

• Bryan Jensen, DFL-Duluth, seeking election to the House District 7B seat being vacated by Democrat Erik Simonson, who is running for state Senate. Jensen will face DFL-endorsed candidate Liz Olson in the primary election on Aug. 9.

• Mike Line, a Republican from Barnum, challenging incumbent Democrat Mike Sundin in House District 11A. Sundin already has filed for re-election.

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