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Radinovich enters Eighth District race

Marshall Helmberger
Posted 2/17/18

CROSBY, MINN. – Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich, of Crosby, has announced his campaign for Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.

He becomes the third candidate to announce he's seeking …

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Radinovich enters Eighth District race

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CROSBY, MINN. – Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich, of Crosby, has announced his campaign for Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.

He becomes the third candidate to announce he's seeking the DFL nomination for the seat currently held by Rick Nolan. Nolan announced last week that he would not seek re-election.

Former FBI national security analyst Leah Phifer, of Isanti, and North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy have previously entered the race. Phifer had announced her candidacy several months ago, and had performed well in the recent precinct caucuses. Nolan announced his decision to retire three days later.

Radinovich served one term as state representative from the Crosby area. He has also worked for the IRRRB, managed Nolan's previous re-election effort, and most recently has served as Chief of Staff for Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.

But Radinovich stressed his Cuyuna Range connections in announcing his bid. “Northeastern Minnesota is who I am, where I’m from, and what I’ll always fight for. I’ve spent my life fighting for working families, whether it be organizing for workers’ rights, promoting economic investment in northeastern Minnesota, or proudly representing Aitkin and Crow Wing counties in Saint Paul. I’m no stranger to hardship and I will always stand up for what’s right.”

He said he'd fight to expand opportunity for kids in rural Minnesota, to ensure that working people have opportunities in a changing economy, as well as harnessing the region's natural resources.

Radinovich calls himself "a fourth-generation Cuyuna Iron Ranger, born into a blue-collar family of electricians, plumbers, miners, and nurses, who lives in Crosby-Ironton with his dog, Dakota."

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