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Stauber is the GOP’s man in the 8th District

Pete Stauber is now the GOP’s main man in the race to get Rick Nolan out of the 8th District congressional seat.

The retired Duluth police lieutenant and former professional hockey player is serving his second term as a St. Louis County commissioner. Thursday, Stauber received the endorsement of Rep. Tom Emmer, a fellow Republican who represents Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. The same day, Stauber sat down for an interview in a booth at the Sawmill Inn restaurant in downtown Brainerd.

Asked to react to the news that Republican Stewart Mills III would not run in the 8th District a third time, Stauber said he gave him credit for running in 2014 and 2016.

“I wish him all the best in the future,” he said.

Stauber wouldn’t say whether Mills’ decision improved Stauber’s odds in the district.

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