Duluth, Minn. (NNCNow.com) --- With phone banks staffed and new television ads hitting the airwaves, the Eighth Congressional District race is officially underway.
Congressman Rick Nolan met with his supporters in Duluth to start his first reelection campaign in the eighteen county district.
Nolan was joined at the podium by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon and Duluth Mayor Don Ness.
Nolan called for changes in the Affordable Care Act and said he wants to see a single payer system implemented at the national level.
Meanwhile, Republican candidate Stewart Mills opened his campaign headquarters in Duluth.
Mills is the Vice President of Mills Fleet Farm.
"My message going into November is that we have disproportionately high unemployment in the 8th district and DC needs to realize that main street creates jobs Washington DC doesn't," Mills said.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is confident in Mill's ability to defeat Nolan this November.
Nolan started his campaign today with sharp criticism for the Republican candidate.
"He has made no mistake about it – a one percenter who is there to represent the once percent, not the ninety–nine percent."
In 2012, the 8th District race garnered national attention and was one of the most expensive Congressional races that year.