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Press Release: Pete Stauber for Congress Announces Debate Schedule

Stauber scheduled to debate opponent five times in final six weeks of campaign season

HERMANTOWN – Calling for an honest and open dialog to inform voters throughout the 8th Congressional District on the issues that matter most to voters, the Pete Stauber for Congress campaign announced the debate schedule for the 2020 campaign. Stauber intends to debate his opponents five times over the final six weeks of the campaign season.

“Pete looks forward to illustrating the stark differences between he and his opponents, which is why he’s debating as much if not more than any congressional incumbent in Minnesota,” said John Eloranta, Stauber for Congress campaign manager. “Pete is fighting for our way of life and doing all he can to get our economy moving again and get people back to work.”

In an attempt to reach all voters across the 8th District, Stauber has scheduled the following debates:

  • Monday, Sept. 28 in Hibbing: Hibbing, Laurentian, Chisholm, and Grand Rapids Chambers
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 (online): Duluth News Tribune/ Duluth Chamber of Commerce debate
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 in Brainerd: Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce debate
  • Date TBD in St. Paul: KSTP-TV debate
  • Monday, Oct. 19 in Duluth: WDIO-TV debate

In his first term to Congress, Pete has been championing efforts to get our economy moving again and get people back to work. An independent voice in Congress, Pete has been a champion of small businesses and workers. Pete has recently been endorsed by pro-growth business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB). Pete continues to rack up endorsements at a record pace from labor and workers. Already, he has been endorsed by:

  • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 49
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • Iron Workers Union Local No. 512
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America
  • Minnesota Pipe Trades Association
  • North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Teamsters Local 120

Stauber has spent the past 21 months in Congress fighting for our way of life. During the primary election season last month, the Duluth News Tribune endorsed Pete’s primary candidacy in an editorial titled, “Stauber proving effective for 8th District.” In the editorial, the Duluth News Tribune wrote:

“Wrapping up his first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber has quickly become an accomplished fighter for the Iron Range, Duluth, and largely rural Northeastern Minnesota,” the DNT editorial said. “By being willing to work with Democrats, the Republican from Hermantown has the most pieces of legislation passed through the House during his first session last year.”

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.

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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.

TV Ad: Earlier this week, Pete released his first TV ad of the 2020 campaign by speaking directly to voters. “Let’s face it, it’s been a tough year, but here in Minnesota, we’re pretty tough, too,” Stauber says. “We help each other, we work together, and we solve problems. That’s what I try to do every day as your congressman.” Watch the TV ad here.

The Cook Report – 8th District “SOLID REPUBLICAN”: In August, The Cook Political Report 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.”