Cravaack gets another DFL challenger

Duluth City Councilman Jeff Anderson announced this morning that he’s running for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

“I see the next generation of Northern Minnesota prosperity on the horizon, That prosperity includes our children attending the best schools, growing jobs in an increasingly diversified economy, and making sure our senior citizens have the care and help they need to live in dignity,” Anderson said in a news release.

Anderson was born and raised in Ely, MN and now serves as a small business owner and radio sales executive in Duluth. He was first elected to the Duluth City Council in 2007.

Anderson is the second Democrat to formally announce a run for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th District. Former DFL state Sen. Tarryl Clark announced that she was buying a condo in Duluth and hoped to run for the seat. Clark represented St. Cloud in the Minnesota Senate.

Both candidates are hoping to challenge first-term Republican Congressman Chip Cravaack in 2012.

One unanswered question is whether Cravaack will continue to represent Duluth. It’s a redistricting year and the courts are likely to decide the new boundaries of his district. The GOP-backed redistricting bill vetoed this week by Gov. Mark Dayton would have put him in a district that didn’t include Duluth and the Iron Range.

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