Republican challengers vying for MN Senate seat visit Northland

By KBJR News 1

April 28, 2014 Updated Apr 29, 2014 at 9:24 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Two Republican challengers vying for the seat currently held by Senator Al Franken met with voters in the Northland Monday.

St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg and Businessman Mike McFadden say one of their main goals is to accelerate job creation.

Mcfadden is a businessman who worked briefly as an attorney in New York before moving back to Minnesota to become co-CEO of a Minneapolis based investment bank.

Dahlberg currently serves as the St. Louis County Commissioner and has held a seat on the board since 2008.

Dahlberg received an endorsement Monday from former 8th District Representative Chip Cravaack.

Both claim Senator Al Franken, whose held the seat since 2008, is avoiding discussing important topics that must be addressed so positive change can be made.

Those changes include lowering energy costs and creating jobs by opening mines on the Iron Range.

"With low-cost energy, not only will it reduce your heating bills and your gas bills but it also leads to a manufacturing renaissance because with low-cost energy manufacturers are able to compete globally on a competitive basis and we'll be a manufacturing super-power again," said McFadden.

"The issues that we talk about the Senator right now is wrong. Up in northeastern Minnesota we're big on second amendment, we're pro-life up there, we want to get mining going, and he's been totally on the other side of these subjects," said Dahlberg.

The two candidates will face off against Republican Minnesota State Senator Julianne Ortman and State Representative Jim Abeler in the Primaries.

Elections day is November 4th.

Dahlberg says by moving forward with the Keystone pipeline and Polymet mine projects, plenty of jobs would be created.

McFadden says Senator Al Franken focuses too much on over-regulation inhibiting our ability to grow, and with smarter regulation that would be avoided.