Two DFL Gov. Candidates Campaign in Duluth

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 11, 2018 10:40 PM

DULUTH - Two of the DFL candidates for Minnesota governor made stops in Duluth on Monday. Gov. candidates Lori Swanson and Tim Walz were in town. They're among a crowded field of five Democrats, and three Republicans hoping to be the next governor.

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Swanson brought a Northland connection for her Duluth campaign, her running mate, and Lt. Gov. candidate US Rep. Rick Nolan. 

"We think we're a team that can build, and create, and protect what we've accomplished here in Minnesota," said Nolan. "We're problem solvers, we're fixers, but we have big dreams for our state. We love this state," he said.

Swanson and Nolan say they'll address jobs, affordable health care, education, and the opioid epidemic. Also voicing their support for mining being critical for work in Minnesota.

Monday afternoon Gov. candidate Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. candidate Peggy Flanagan met at Duluth Labor Temple expressing support for labor trades.

"We dig into these tough issues, we talk about them in a manner that is the belief that there are solutions to be found that protect our environment, that protect our jobs, that let us do the things we need to do," said Walz.

Swanson and Walz are just two of the names on a crowded DFL primary ballot that also includes Tim Holden, endorsed candidate Erin Murphy, and Ole Savior.

In a Duluth interview last week, Murphy emphasized the need for a strong education system, affordable health care for everyone, and investments in infrastructure.

"I want to build our future, and right now we're living at a time where our politics is too focused on beating the other side and getting to the next election, and what's getting lost in that is Minnesotans and our future," Murphy told Eyewitness News back on June 6.

On the Republican side are endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson, Mathew Kruse, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. 

Nolan says he decided to join the race to help give back to the people of Minnesota, and be closer to home.

The primary election will take place in August.


Ryan Juntti

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