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First DFL candidate emerges in 8th District

In November, Chisholm resident Theresa Lastovich made her candidacy official with the Federal Election Commission.

Duluth News Tribune News Brief

A Democratic candidate from Chisholm will run for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District seat, which is held by Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber, of Hermantown.

Theresa Lastovich filed a statement of candidacy and a statement of organization for "Theresa Lastovich for Congress" on Nov. 10, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Lastovich, who will run under the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, is the first and so far only candidate other than Stauber to file a statement of candidacy.

Stauber filed his statement of candidacy for 2022 in July. He has already raised $1 million for the 2022 campaign with almost $740,000 cash on hand, the Federal Election Commission reported.

Ashlie Castaldo, who ran for a Duluth City Council at large seat last summer, but lost in the primary election by just one vote, announced Lastovich's candidacy on her Facebook page Monday.

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"As someone who has gotten to know her and call her a friend, I can tell you that she has what it takes to bring the people's voice to Congress," Castaldo wrote. "She is all business, no BS. A public announcement to the media will be made in the next couple of weeks, but you will want to get on the ground floor with this. With Theresa, I know we will capture the 8th District!"

Stauber was first elected in 2018, flipping the 8th District from Democratic to Republican control. He was reelected in 2020 by a 19-point margin.

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