The Teamsters Joint Council 32 announced today that the union was backing Democrat Rick Nolan’s bid for Congress. The union, which represents 62,000 working and retired members in Minnesota, said they believed Nolan was the best candidate to represent Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.
“We believe that our members will make the difference and take this election seriously enough to campaign and vote for a fellow Union brother to represent working families,” said Sue Mauren, Teamsters Joint Council 32 President, in a statement.
Nolan is vying to win the DFL nomination against Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson and former state Senator Tarryl Clark. Nolan has committed to abiding by the DFL endorsement. Clark and Anderson haven’t made the same commitment which means there may be a primary battle in August.
The winner will challenge GOP Congressman Chip Cravaack in November. Cravaack, who is serving his first-term in Congress, is being targeted by Democrats nationally.
The big question is how a court appointed panel will redraw the state’s political boundaries. The panel is expected to release its set of maps next Tuesday. Those new boundaries could alter the race if the maps are changed dramatically.