MN's 8th District Race: Meet Tarryl Clark

By KBJR News 1

March 2, 2012 Updated Mar 2, 2012 at 11:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- After serving in Minnesota's Senate for five years, Tarryl Clark is familiar with running for office. After that the former senator from St. Cloud set her sites on the congressional office in 2010 but was unsuccessful in taking the state's 6th Congressional seat from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Now she's running again, this time hoping to defeat Congressman Chip Cravaack in Minnesota's 8th District.

LeAnn Wallace has the details.

Between now and the primary elections, it's full speed ahead for Democrat Tarryl Clark and her campaign.

"So we are organizing, reaching out to people all throughout Northeastern and Central Minnesota, making sure we are out talking to democrats and independents and others who are frustrated with what's happening in Washington.

Tarryl Clark's ready to take those frustrations head–on. Her priorities go like this: helping the community,

"Always working on behalf of families and kids and seniors and veterans."

Youth ministry.

"I've spent more time on the floors of church basements doing youth retreats and youth group work throughout this district than Representative Cravaack has lived in the state."

And family. The three things she says shape her into the ideal candidate for Minnesota's 8th Congressional District. Early on, she didn't think about taking those priorities to the national level.

"I was one of those people who was never going to run for office."

But through her civic work she noticed the government getting in the way of people getting the help they needed.

"When I finally ran for office it was because I was convinced that we needed to get more good people that really understood the issues facing our families and communities."

Clark says now more than ever it's important to elect someone who's willing and able to reach across the political aisle to get things done.

"I think what Harry Truman once said is just so true I really try to live by, which is 'it's amazing what you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit."

The DFL party will announce its endorsement for an 8th district candidate on May 5th but Clark says even without that support she plans to continue her campaign until the primary election.

Rick Nolan and Jeff Anderson are also running under the Democratic ticket.