Six months after getting elected, Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack has at least two challengers who want to unseat him. Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson announced Wednesday that he was gunning for the job.
Anderson, 34, announced his candidacy Wednesday for the Eighth District congressional seat in northern Minnesota. Cravaack won a surprising victory last November, unseating longtime Democratic Jim Oberstar.
“I see the next generation of Northern Minnesota prosperity on the horizon,” said Anderson, an Ely native and radio sales executive in Duluth. “Representative Cravaack’s extreme Tea Party views are hindering that prosperity.”
Democrat Tarryl Clark previously announced she would run for the Eighth District seat. She ran against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann last year.
The shape of the Eighth District for next year's election is unclear. Minnesota has yet to complete its redistricting plan. The political district will likely be drawn by the courts.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."