HERMANTOWN – More than 50 mayors from across Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District announced their support today for Pete Stauber by endorsing his 2020 campaign for Congress. The mayors collectively highlighted Stauber’s efforts to fight for our way of life and announced their strong backing for Stauber’s re-election.
“Pete Stauber has fought for us every day during his first term in office,” said Wyoming Mayor Lisa Iverson. “I am proud to support his re-election as we seek to reopen the economy and get Minnesotans back to work.”
“Our Iron Range way of life is under attack from Twin Cities politicians and bureaucrats who want to shut down our mines and close our businesses,” said Eveleth Mayor Bob Vlaisavljevich. “We have a champion in Pete Stauber who has brought Iron Range values with him to Congress.”
“I am proud to endorse Pete Stauber,” said Wadena Mayor George M. Deiss. “Pete constantly keeps us updated on what is going on in Washington and he visits our city frequently and stands with us through every step of this challenging year. We know he stands for us and supports our way of life.”
“Iron Rangers deserve a fierce champion for mining and our communities in Washington,” said Chisholm Mayor John Champa. “I am proud to stand with a broad coalition of mayors from across this district in supporting our Congressman Pete Stauber for re-election.”
In his first term to Congress, Stauber is committed to traveling around Minnesota’s 8th District, meeting with mayors, local leaders, and constituents, and learning about their priorities and issues that matter most to them.
“I continue to be touched by the amount of support my campaign has received and today’s endorsement from more than 50 mayors is humbling,” said Stauber. “These mayors have the pulse of their communities and they know I am fighting in Congress for our way of life. Their priorities are my priorities and I will continue to have their backs.”
The overwhelming backing of community mayors is the latest in a long line of major endorsements for Pete Stauber’s re-election. Earlier today, the Duluth News Tribune endorsed Stauber because he “has quickly emerged as an outspoken and accomplished fighter for the Iron Range, Duluth, Brainerd, and the rest of the 8th.” Just days earlier, the Star Tribune endorsed Stauber because he “works across the aisle to solve problems.”
Stauber, a Republican, has also been recognized for his efforts by numerous labor and skilled worker unions. In fact, his campaign has received a record number of union endorsements. Currently, Stauber is endorsed by the Local 49ers, the Teamsters, the Carpenters, the Ironworkers, Minnesota Pipe Trades Association and United Association Local 11, the Painters and Allied Trades, and LIUNA. He has also been endorsed by pro-growth business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).
Currently in his first term in Congress, Pete is attempting to become the first Republican to win re-election in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District since William Pittenger did in the 1940s.
Duluth News Tribune – Stauber The “Clear Pick in Nov. 3 Election”: Lauding Pete Stauber’s bipartisan efforts to fight for our way of life, the Duluth News Tribune today became the latest newspaper to endorse Pete Stauber for Congress. “[Stauber] has quickly emerged as an outspoken and accomplished fighter for the Iron Range, Duluth, Brainerd, and the rest of the 8th,” said the Duluth News Tribune editorial. “His willingness to work with Democrats – and anyone, really, who shares his passion for a better America for all – makes the Republican from Hermantown the clear pick in the Nov. 3 election.” More here.
Minnesota Farm Bureau endorses Pete Stauber: Recognizing Pete Stauber’s strong support for farmers, ranchers, and ag producers in the 8th Congressional District, the Minnesota Farm Bureau PAC endorsed Pete Stauber for Congress today at a farm breakfast at the Rocking K Ranch hosted by Miles and Sarah Kuschel. “Congressman Stauber understands the important role agriculture plays for Minnesota’s economy and has been a strong voice for Minnesota’s farm families,” said Ray Johnson, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation PAC Chair. More here.
Nystrom Once Again Has No Answers for Job Growth: For the third consecutive debate, Quinn Nystrom once again failed to support any of the economic engines in the 8th Congressional District and promoted her extreme anti-jobs, anti-mining agenda that would keep our mines and manufacturing plants closed and hurt our Main Street small businesses. More here.
Star Tribune Endorses Pete Stauber: Minnesota’s statewide newspaper endorsed Pete Stauber citing his “first-term successes” and lauding his “willingness to work across the aisle to solve problems.” Stauber was the Star Tribune’s first Republican congressional candidate endorsed in 2020. “Stauber impressed the board as a quick study who wouldn’t hesitate to work with Democrats on common-ground issues faced by residents of Minnesota’s sprawling Eighth Congressional District. He’s earned another opportunity to represent the district using a playbook that’s neither all red nor all blue.” Read here.
Stauber’s Latest TV Ad – Fighting for Us: Highlighting his independent voice and illustrating his record of fighting for all Minnesotans to get our economy moving again, Pete Stauber released his latest TV ad that will be seen across the 8th District. Erik Skoog, Recording Secretary of the Teamsters Local 320, is featured in the new ad. Stauber has been endorsed by the Teamsters as well as numerous unions. “I support Pete Stauber because Pete Stauber has working men and women’s backs,” Skoog says. “Pete Stauber is there for us when the rubber meets the road.” Watch here.
Quinn Nystrom Speechless on Job Creation: During a debate on October 7th in Duluth, Quinn Nystrom was left speechless when asked about job creation. When asked about promoting mining and job growth in northern Minnesota, Nystrom was asked if she had a response: “Umm, nothing more,” Nystrom said. More here.
Quinn Nystrom’s Solution for Job Growth? “Wear masks”: In a head-scratching moment of the first debate in the 8th Congressional District on September 25th in Hibbing, Quinn Nystrom’s answer for job creation and economic development in St. Louis County was to wear masks. “Unless we take [wearing masks] seriously… we can’t get our economy up and running,” Nystrom said. “Ms. Nystrom is bankrupt for ideas when it comes to job creation,” said John Eloranta, campaign manager for Stauber for Congress. More here.
Quinn Nystrom Caught Insulting Hearing Impaired: Stauber, who suffered hearing loss after 23 years of serving as a police officer, wears a hearing aid. Nystrom took to Twitter on September 25th making fun of Stauber’s hearing impairment. More here.
Quinn Nystrom Refuses to Back Our Police: Quinn Nystrom, and the DFL party, have sat silently while members of their own threaten to defund our police departments and burn down our communities. In fact, one of their own endorsed candidates recently stormed a cul-de-sac in Hugo and threatened to burn down the Twin Cities suburb while screaming obscenities at women and children living there, and using a baseball bat to beat an effigy of a female TV reporter who is married to a police officer. The DFL endorsed candidate also promised that he was coming for Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia next.
8th District Race Rated “SOLID REPUBLICAN”: The Cook Political Report recently promoted Stauber’s race from “Lean Republican” to “SOLID REPUBLICAN.” Recognizing Stauber’s record of fighting for the Minnesotans he represents and his popularity throughout the District, The Cook Political Report noted, “Once a DFL bastion, the Iron Range has turned sharply against national Democrats. Trump romped here, 54 percent to 38 percent in 2016, and is likely to win comfortably again. The Cook Report, considered the foremost expert on congressional elections, continued: “Quinn Nystrom, who was elected to the Baxter City Council at 28, faces long odds against Stauber, a former police officer and minor league hockey player.”
Biography: Pete Stauber is in his first term representing the 8th Congressional District in U.S. Congress. Pete served 23 years in law enforcement and retired as an Area Commander in the Duluth Police Department. A small business owner and former professional hockey player in the Detroit Red Wings organization, Pete and his wife, Jodi, live with their four children in Hermantown. Jodi is an Iraq war veteran, who retired from the 148th Fighter Wing as the First female Command Chief in the history of the unit.