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Stauber stumps in Two Harbors

About 40 people gathered at McQuade’s Herbs, Spices and More in Two Harbors on Monday, April 9, for a meet-and-greet with Pete Stauber, a Republican candidate for the 8th Congressional District seat in 2018.

Stauber, a two-term Hermantown city councilor and St. Louis County commissioner, tried out his stump speech at the small gathering of mostly Lake County Republicans. He billed himself as a “blue-collar, common-sense conservative” to the friendly crowd. Stauber also spent 22 years with the Duluth Police Department before retiring last fall.

Stauber told the crowd he was “the only pro-life candidate” currently in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby. He derided the DFL candidates as having views to the left of Nolan.

He also talked about receiving a phone call a few weeks ago from a 202 area code and being surprised when he was asked to hold for President Donald Trump. Stauber said the 8th District is the Republicans’ No. 1 priority for a pickup in the midterm elections in November. Trump told him he would do what was necessary to help him turn the 8th District red.