Hall and Schultz compete to succeed Rep. Huntley in House District 7A race

By KBJR News 1

June 3, 2014 Updated Jun 3, 2014 at 6:27 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNow.com) --- Republicans are looking to retake control of the Minnesota House this November.

The GOP needs to win an additional seven seats to retain control of the House next year.

In Duluth, Becky Hall filed her papers to run in the race to succeed longtime Representative Tom Huntley in November.

Hall, who ran for St. Louis County Commissioner in 2012, and garnered 47% of the vote, will face DFL labor endorsed economist Jennifer Schultz.

Schultz won a competitive DFL endorsement in a pool of three candidates this year.

"As an economist, I would be the only economist in the house or senate, so I think I have a lot to bring to various issues," Schultz said.

Hall and Schultz agree that job creation, improving education in Duluth schools, and mining will be among the issues voters will be thinking about most when casting their ballots.

"My worry is the same as my neighbors as I talk to them – that we are creating economic refugees," Hall said. "They are going to have to go elsewhere to look for those great paying jobs."

The Republican Party of Minnesota says they are targeting 20 House seats across the state.

The DFL says they will determine how many Republican House seats they'll target once they know who has filed on the Republican side.

Nick Minock