Stauber announces rigorous debate schedule with Nystrom

Candidates will meet five times, finishing Oct. 19.

Pete Stauber and Quinn Nystrom

The debate schedule in the 8th Congressional District race will feature five events in 22 days, said Rep. Pete Stauber's campaign in a news release Friday.

Stauber, R-Hermantown, and Quinn Nystrom, DFL-Baxter, are vying for the seat in the Nov. 3 election, along with Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis candidate Judith Schwartzbacker.

The events begin Sept. 28 and conclude Oct. 19, and are as follows:

  • Sept. 28 in Hibbing; sponsored by the Hibbing, Laurentian, Chisholm, and Grand Rapids chambers of commerce

  • Oct. 7 (online at; Duluth News Tribune/Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Oct. 8 in Brainerd; Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce

  • Date TBD in St. Paul; KSTP-TV debate

  • Oct. 19 in Duluth; WDIO-TV

Stauber is seeking reelection following his first term in Congress. He defeated DFL nominee Joe Radinovich in 2018, and is trying to become the first Republican to be reelected in the district since William Pittenger in 1944.
“Pete looks forward to illustrating the stark differences between he and his opponents, which is why he’s debating as much if not more than any congressional incumbent in Minnesota,” John Eloranta, Stauber for Congress campaign manager, said in the news release. “Pete is fighting … to get our economy moving again and get people back to work.”

Nystrom's campaign responded by saying not all debate details are confirmed.


"We are continuing to negotiate the debate schedule, but look forward to telling voters about Quinn's record of fighting for affordable health care and prescription drugs," campaign manager Sam Rivers said.

You can pre-register for the Duluth News Tribune/Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored virtual forum on Oct. 7 here .

This story was updated at 10:20 p.m. Sept. 12, 2020 with comment from Nystrom's campaign. It was originally posted at 5:28 p.m. Sept. 12, 2020.

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