Republican Challengers Eye Minn. US Senate Seat
Posted at: 08/21/2013 5:22 PM
| Updated at: 08/21/2013 6:27 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
A St. Louis County Commissioner says he wants the chance to run for U.S. Senate in 2014. Chris Dahlberg has tossed his hat in the ring for the seat currently held by Al Franken.
Dahlberg is the fourth Republican to announce intentions to challenge Fanken, but he's the only one from outside the Twin Cities area.
Dahlberg currently chairs the St. Louis County Board, but the Duluth resident has his sights set on washington.
"I think it's been a while since we've had a statewide candidate from greater Minnesota and I think that's something people look to," said Dahlberg.
He said it just makes sense to go from county board to U.S. Senate.
"I think it's actually a logical continuum because I'm a guy that is down on the ground, I see what a lot of these mandates out of Washington D.C. pushed on the state do, all the way down to the local government," Dahlberg said.
But Dahlberg isn't alone in his hope to challenge democratic incumbent Sen. Al Franken.
Republican businessman Mike McFadden is another candidate in the running. He's on leave as a co-CEO of Lazard Middle Market, a financial management firm.
State Representative Jim Abeler is also in the mix. From Anoka, he has served in the Minnesota House for 15 years.
Another state lawmaker, Julianne Ortman from Chanhassen, has served in the state Senate since 2002.
In response to the growing group of challengers, Franken's campaign said the following:
"The 2014 election is a long way away, and right now, Senator Franken is continuing to focus on his job working for the people of Minnesota. He has a strong record of accomplishment and looks forward to making his case for re-election to voters in the months to come."
Dahlberg will officially begin his campaign in October.