Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District Debate

Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District Debate

Updated: October 20, 2020 12:47 PM

WDIO is proud to bring you the Your Voice, Your Vote Minnesota 8th Congressional District Debate. Hear from the candidates hoping to represent Northern Minnesota in our Nations capital. WDIO anchors Baihly Warfield and Darren Danielson moderated the event.

Minnesota's 8th Congressional District covers the Northeastern part of the state. It includes Duluth, Carlton and Pine Counties, through the Iron Range to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and into the Arrowhead.

Incumbent Republican Congressmen Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom will answer questions beginning at 6pm.

The district is currently represented by Republican Congressman Pete Stauber. Stauber was born in Duluth. He is a retired Duluth Police Officer, and a former member of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners. Pete Stauber was first elected to Congress two years ago.

Challenging Stauber is Democrat Quinn Nystrom in her first run for Congress. Nystrom lives in Crow Wing County. She is a former member of the Baxter City Council and is an advocate for lower prescription drug prices.

Both candidates agreed to the debate ground rules. They each were given the opportunity to make an opening statement. Then they will be given one minute to respond to questions posed from our viewers and WDIO staff. 

We have cut the debate into two sections. Part one includes questions regarding:

  • COVID-19:  What steps do the candidates think need to be taken to safely reopen the economy while protecting the health of our most vulnerable citizens?
  • Debt/Deficit:  What does Congress need to do to reduce our federal debt and deficit?
  • Tariffs:  Are the candidates in favor or opposed to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports?
  • Mining:  Do the candidates oppose attempts to prevent the review of mine permitting in the Rainy River watershed and what is the future job base on the Iron Range?
  • Environment:  What role does Congress have in addressing climate change?
  • Healthcare:  What will the candidates do to make sure people with preexisting conditions don’t lose their health insurance?
  • Housing Affordability:  What should Congress do to make more affordable housing available in the Northland?
  • Race Relations:  Do the candidates believe there is a problem with racism in America and what should be done to address those concerns?
  • Police Reform:  What, if any, reforms should be enacted when it comes to policing, especially in minority communities?

After a three minute break, candidates Pete Stauber and Quinn Nystrom returned to answer more questions including:


If you are watch on the WDIO mobile app, please click here for a web view of Part 2.

  • Education:  What do the candidates plan to do to make college more affordable?  How can they help increase the wages for teachers?
  • Broadband:  What should Congress do to improve access to high-speed internet, especially in rural areas?
  • Jobs:  How can the federal government work with local communities and businesses to ensure good paying jobs here in the Northland?
  • Stimulus:  Do the candidates think there should be another stimulus bill, how large should it be, and what needs to be included?
  • Water:  Should Congress provide more funding to move homes and other infrastructure as Great Lakes water levels continue to rise?
  • Gray Wolves:  Do you support the delisting of the gray wolf from federal endangered species protections?
  • Social Security:  How will the candidates protect Social Security benefits in Congress?
  • Bipartisanship:  How will the candidates reach across the aisle to work on legislation with members of the opposite party?

This Minnesota Congressional Debate will be rebroadcast Sunday, October 25 at noon.

WDIO will air a “Your Voice, Your Vote: Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District Debate” on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00-7:00 p.m. from the WDIO studios.  Incumbent Republican Congressmen Tom Tiffany and Democratic challenger Tricia Zunker have confirmed their participation in this forum.  

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