Bill Clinton backs Tarryl Clark in 8th District DFL primary

Former State Sen. Tarryl Clark says she’s “immensely proud” to have former President Bill Clinton’s endorsement in the DFL primary contest between her, former U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and former Duluth City Council member Jeff Anderson.

In endorsing Clark over the others, Clinton stated:

“I am proud to support Tarryl Clark for Congress. From her work with the Children’s Defense Fund and Legal Services’ Senior Law Project, to her commitment to coalition building while leading the state’s Community Action Partnership, Tarryl’s focus for almost 25 years has been improving Minnesota. I am confident she will bring the common sense solutions we need to Washington.”

Primary Election Day is Aug. 14, and the outcome will determine which Democrat runs against 1st-term Republican incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack.

Cravaack surprised many Democrats around the country two years ago when he defeated long-time Democratic Congressman Jim Oberstar. Oberstar is backing Rick Nolan in the primary. Nolan also has the DFL endorsement.

Clark was quick to use Clinton’s endorsement to try to raise some campaign money. She sent out an email to contributors asking them to “follow his lead in supporting me” with a cash donation.

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