Pete Stauber Announces Run for US 8th District | Duluth, MN | Baihly Warfield
July 10, 2017 09:41 PM

St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber has announced he will seek Rick Nolan’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.

Stauber said Monday morning he wants to be an advocate for rural Minnesota.

“Rural America matters, and up here in northeastern Minnesota, that’s who we are,” Stauber said. “We’re hardworking, blue collar, Christian people.”

Stauber has served on the Duluth Police Department for 22 years, and he is currently a commander. He said he “refuses to allow” all law enforcement to be defined by the mistakes of a few.

“The men and women serving in law enforcement deserve to be supported,” Stauber said, “and we must remember that law enforcement is not a force for division. Rather, it is a force for good.”

A press statement said he will soon retire from DPD.

Stauber also said he will work to protect Social Secuirty and Medicare, and he said he supports responsible taconite and precious metals mining.

“There does not need to be a division between good paying mining jobs and a clean and safe environment,” he said.

He was a Hermantown city councilor for eight years, until he was elected to the St. Louis County Board in 2012. He was just re-elected to the board in 2016.

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Minnesota’s 8th district has been an expensive and high-profile race in recent years. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) defeated Republican Stewart Mills by less than a percent in November 2016.

Mills said Monday it is still too early to make any decisions about another run for MN08 in 2018. He said he hopes to know by September or October.

According to Mills, his decision will hinge on the “political topography” and how much congressional Republicans are able to get done over the next few months.

Mills said Stauber is a “fabulous guy” and that his service as a police officer should be commended. Mills said Stauber has a lot of traveling ahead of him because he is well known in St. Louis County, but will need to earn some name recognition in the western and southern counties of the 8th district.

Nolan has said he will forego a run for Minnesota governor and appears to be planning to run for re-election. He sent a statement Monday.

“I know Pete personally and he’s a great man,” Nolan wrote. “I look forward to a positive campaign where we can debate the issues.”

Duluthian Ray “Skip” Sandman has also begun his campaign for the 8th district as an Independent.

Election Day is Nov. 6, 2018.