Minn. Caucus kick off election season

By KBJR News 1

February 4, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 11:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- The 2014 election season kicked off Tuesday at party caucuses across the state of Minnesota.

The meetings are organized by Minnesota's political parties to help determine a political platform for potential candidates.

One of the high profile races this year is for the District 7A house seat, which is being vacated by Tom Huntley.

GOP candidates include Becky Hall and Donna Bergstrom.
Hall spoke about her experience in conservative politics for the last 30 years. She has also been endorsed by former Congressmen Chip Cravaack.

Bergstrom is the second GOP candidate. She spoke about her military experience and her belief that the GOP can regain the Minnesota House seat.

There are four candidates running on the DFL side; City Councilor Linda Krug, UMD Professor Jennifer Schultz, Pete Johnson, and Gary Anderson.

Representatives from each party said the public's focus is on the future of mining and economic equality.

"The issues are several, economic and equality. We need to address how difficult it is for working families to pay their bills. We need to index the minimum wage to inflation. We need to address the regressive tax system and as an economist, I know how to fix those systems," said Jennifer Schultz, DFL candidate.

"The most important point I can make tonight is this. Victory in the upcoming election can be ours, but only if you join me in making this leap of faith," said Donna Bergstrom, GOP candidate.

GOP Senate challenger Chris Dahlburg, who is vying for Al Franken's seat, was also at the caucus meeting on Tuesday. There were about 70 people at Ordean Middle School for one of the GOP meetings.

Organizers of one of the DFL caucuses, held at Duluth East High School, say they saw 250 to 300 people come out and listen to candidates.

The green party also held their caucus session.
They considered resolutions for political action on mining, and the wolf hunt.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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