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Anderson won't run for Duluth council; hasn't decided on Congress

Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson said Friday he will not run for re-election to his at-large seat on the council in November. But Anderson said he's still several weeks from deciding whether he'll run for Congress in 2012.

Jeff Anderson

Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson said Friday he will not run for re-election to his at-large seat on the council in November. But Anderson said he's still several weeks from deciding whether he'll run for Congress in 2012.

"I'm ready to say I won't seek re-election to the council. But I still have some work to do before making a decision" on running for Congress, Anderson told the News Tribune.

Anderson said he has talked with Democratic Party officials in Washington and has traveled across the district in recent weeks. He said he's testing the waters on raising money and gaining support from credible DFLers before making a decision on whether to seek the DFL endorsement for Minnesota's 8th District congressional seat.

"I need to know first if we can raise the money that will be needed," said Anderson, noting the race will attract national attention and spending.

Anderson said he hopes to decide by month's end. A native of Ely, Anderson is in his first term on the council, elected in 2007. He is an advertising executive at Red Rock Radio in Duluth.

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Duluth businesswoman Emily Larson is the only person who has announced she would run for one of two at-large City Council seats up in November. Tony Cuneo, the other at-large incumbent up for re-election, has not said whether he'll run again.

Anderson is one of several DFLers mulling a Congressional run, though none have committed to a race against freshman Republican Chip Cravaack of Lindstrom.

Among those who have said they may run are:

* Duluth resident Daniel Fanning, deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

* Former state Sen. Tarryl Clark of St. Cloud. Clark has said to be considering moving into the 8th District to run after her 2010 loss to Republican Michelle Bachman in the 6th Congressional District.

* State Rep. Kerry Gauthier, a former Duluth city councilor.

* John Ward, former Proctor mayor and high school teacher and now a state representative from Brainerd.

* Former Congressman Rick Nolan of Brainerd, who retired in 1980 from Minnesota's former 6th District after three terms.

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* Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon. She told the MinnPost website last month that she has been asked by several DFLers to consider running for the seat.

* Former State Rep. Tim Faust of Mora.

Other DFLers often named as potential candidates but who say they are absolutely not running for Congress include:

* State Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth.

* State Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook, the DFL Senate minority leader.

* Tony Sertich, former Hibbing lawmaker and now commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

* Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

* DFL state Sen. Tony Lourey of Kerrick.

John Myers reports on the outdoors, natural resources and the environment for the Duluth News Tribune. You can reach him at jmyers@duluthnews.com.
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