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Duluth city councilor to run for Congress

Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson said today he will seek the DFL nomination for U.S. Congress for the 8th District, joining what could become a crowded field before the 2012 election.

Jeff Anderson

Duluth City Councilor Jeff Anderson said today he will seek the DFL nomination for U.S. Congress for the 8th District, joining what could become a crowded field before the 2012 election.

"I see the next generation of Northern Minnesota prosperity on the horizon; a prosperity of good jobs that grow our local economies and build a better future and stronger communities. A future that puts people to work and makes Northern Minnesota stronger than it is today," Anderson said in announcing the run. "Republicans in Congress are hindering that prosperity and that is why I am running for Congress."

Anderson said he has traveled around the 8th District and found voters who have "buyer's remorse" after voting for Republican Chip Cravaack in November.

"People are focused on jobs, economic development and investment in infrastructure here in Northeastern Minnesota," Anderson told the News Tribune. "What they are getting from Congress is partisan bickering and attacks on Medicare."

Anderson, 34, an Ely native, is in his first term on the council after being elected in 2007. He is an advertising executive at Red Rock Radio in Duluth.

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Anderson becomes the second DFLer to formally announce a run at Cravaack, of Lindstrom, who unseated 18-term DFLer Jim Oberstar in November. Tarryl Clark, who is formerly of St. Cloud and said she recently purchased a home in Duluth, announced earlier this month that she has moved into the 8th District to run after her 2010 loss to Republican Michele Bachmann in the 6th Congressional District.

The DFL endorsement convention will be held next spring, and a party primary probably will take place in August 2012.

Others said to be considering a run for the DFL nomination include:

  • Duluth resident Daniel Fanning, deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Al Franken
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jeff Anderson
    Jeff Anderson becomes the second DFLer to formally announce a run at freshman U.S. Sen. Chip Cravaack.

    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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