Kind of an odd way of announcing a candidacy for U.S. Senate -- with an endorsement from a Twin Cities tycoon:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Chris Dahlberg at 218/591-0429
St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg
running for U.S. Senate from Minnesota
Duluth – August 21, 2013 – St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg today confirmed that he is running for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Al Franken. The 51-year-old Duluth resident’s candidacy came to light in a note Stanley S. Hubbard, Chairman & CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, emailed to friends and colleagues on August 19, in which he wrote that Dahlberg “has several qualities that make him a particularly strong candidate.”
Dahlberg plans to formally announce his candidacy in several weeks, just ahead of his planned October 1 retirement from the U.S. Army Reserves, after more than 25 years of service. But he appreciated the preview provided by Hubbard.
“I realize that I’m not well known outside of Northeastern Minnesota, so the only way to change that is to meet as many people as I can during the coming year,” said Dahlberg. “I’m humbled that Mr. Hubbard likes what I stand for, and I intend to show all Minnesotans – regardless of political orientation – that I’ll bring a common-sense, balanced and fiscally conservative approach to representing them in Washington, D.C.”
Below is additional background about Dahlberg:
-He is currently chair of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners, having first been elected to the board in 2008 and reelected in 2012. Covering 7,092 square miles with Duluth as its county seat, St. Louis County is the largest U.S. county by total area east of the Mississippi River and larger than three states: Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island.
-Dahlberg, a Republican, was reelected in 2012 with 60 percent of the vote in an area of the state known as a Democratic stronghold.
-Perhaps surprisingly for a Republican, in his 2012 reelection he won the endorsement of both the Duluth Building & Trades Council and the Teamsters Joint Council 32. Dahlberg was once a factory worker at Georgia-Pacific’s now-closed Superwood plant in Duluth, where he was a union member with United Paper Workers International.
-He is also a current Commissioner for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, an agency created by state statute in 1955 to generate domestic and international trade, advance regional industrial development and advocate for maritime industry interests.
-He served on the Duluth City Council from 1992-1994.
-He is an attorney with Dahlberg Law Office, P.A., in Duluth. He received his J.D. Law from the University of Minnesota Law School; his M.A. Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute; and his B.A. Political Science from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
-An Iraq War Veteran who was mobilized to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004-2005, Dahlberg has more than 25 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves. He is schooled in Mandarin-Chinese by the military at the Presidio. Dahlberg has been qualified in three branches: Engineer; Civil Affairs; and Judge Advocate General (JAG). He will retire from the military on October 1, 2013.
-Dahlberg is the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who is from outside the metro area.
-Dahlberg lives with his 9-year-old daughter, Maija, in Duluth’s historic Morgan Park, a neighborhood built by U.S. Steel Company. He enjoys fishing, hunting, camping in the BWCA and remodeling his old home.