CD8 Candidate Kirsten Kennedy Stops in Duluth

Baihly Warfield
Updated: February 19, 2018 09:17 PM

One of the many candidates vying for Congressman Rick Nolan's seat in the House of Representatives was in Duluth today. 

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Kirsten Kennedy is currently serving her second term as mayor of North Branch, Minnesota. She said she had been hoping to run in another two years but seized the opportunity when it became available sooner. 

"In my perfect world, it would have been perhaps a little further down the line where the stars aligned and I had everything in order and my kids were all situated," Kennedy said. "It just didn't turn out that way."

While she is from the southern portion of the 8th congressional district, she said she believes she can represent all of the region well.

"I am not from the Iron Range. I love Duluth, and I have been part of Duluth on many occasions getting my education," Kennedy said. "And then I remembered something -- Rick Nolan was from this area, and he served me very well in the southernmost part. And as a leader, I would be that responsive too."

She said education and labor are two of the most important issues. As far as the copper nickel mining issue goes, she wants a result based in science.

"I don't know that I'm an environmentalist. I'm also not against mining. It's something that's been done for generations," Kennedy said. "And I don't think they're mutually exclusive."

Nolan is retiring at the end of the year. 

Other candidates include:
-Leah Phifer (DFL)
-Joe Radinovich (DFL)
-Michelle Lee (DFL)
-Pete Stauber (R)
-Skip Sandman (I)


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