ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Radinovich won't run again for 8th District

Democrats without a challenger for Rep. Pete Stauber in 2020

JoeRadinovich.jpg
Joe Radinovich
We are part of The Trust Project.

Joe Radinovich won't run for Congress in 2020, he announced Friday, leaving Republican Rep. Pete Stauber unopposed 15 months ahead of the election.

The Crosby-born Democrat, who lost to Stauber in the 2018 race to replace retiring Rep. Rick Nolan, wrote on Facebook that he will instead focus on his family.

"Minnesota’s 8th District is my home, and it deserves a representative who is an independent voice on behalf of those fighting to provide for themselves and their families in a rapidly changing economy," he wrote. "I’ll pledge my time and efforts in 2020 to the candidate who can best make sure that it gets one."

Stauber, of Hermantown, beat Radinovich by 5 percentage points and flipped the geographically massive Northeastern Minnesota congressional district Republican even as Democrats nationwide won a majority in the House. Millions in outside spending poured into the race, and President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both visited Duluth on Stauber's behalf during the campaign.

At this point in the 2018 election campaign, Stauber had already announced his candidacy.

ADVERTISEMENT

Radinovich was probably not the Democrats' first choice after he resigned from a position at the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation in April after a fast-tracked hiring came under scrutiny over potential cronyism.

What to read next
A 46-year-old Cass Lake man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the July 2021 shooting death of Diego Gasca.
State, local agencies tab accessory dwelling units of 800 square feet or less as solution for homelessness.
The Red River Valley Water Supply Project will sue farmland owners for eminent domain if they don’t sign easements before July 8, 2022. Farmers say the project is paying one-tenth what others pay for far smaller oil, gas and water pipelines.
The Cowbot would be a way to mow down thistles as a way to control the spread of weeds, "like a Roomba for a pasture," says Eric Buchanan, a renewable energy scientist at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minnesota.