Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby, has hired Annie Harala to serve as campaign manager for his 2018 re-election bid, said a campaign news release on Monday.

Harala, a Duluth resident, will lead day-to-day campaign operations including campaign organizing, fundraising and strategy. Most recently, Harala served with Healthy Northland and, in December, will wrap up a term as an At Large member on the Duluth School Board.

Harala was tapped, in part, for her experience in collaborating with partners in the 8th District.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to manage Congressman Nolan’s re-election campaign,” Harala said in the news release. “His ability to break through political rhetoric and his tireless resolve to make lives better for all residents of the 8th District is why I accepted this position.”

Nolan is seeking his fourth consecutive bid for the seat. He was first elected in 2012.

Nolan has a challenger for the DFL endorsement in Leah Phifer. Additionally, St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber entered the race in July for the Republicans, and Duluth's Skip Sandman announced in May his candidacy as an independent.

“Clearly, this race will once again be one of the toughest, most expensive and most closely watched in the nation, and with Annie Harala leading the way, I’m confident that we will be successful once again,” Nolan said.