Dahlberg to make U.S. Senate run
St. Louis County Commissioner to seek GOP backing to unseat Al Franken
REGIONAL—St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg has confirmed that he is running for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat currently held by Al Franken.
The 51-year old Dahlberg, who represents the Duluth area, plans to make a formal announcement in several weeks, just ahead of his planned Oct. 1 retirement from the U.S. Army Reserve.
News of Dahlberg’s candidacy came to light in an email from Stanley Hubbard, Chairman and CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, sent to friends and colleagues on Aug. 19.
In that email, Hubbard stated that he believes Dahlberg “has several qualities that make him a particularly strong candidate.”
Dahlberg acknowledged that he has work to do in order to run a statewide campaign.
“I realize that I’m not well known outside of Northeastern Minnesota, so the only way to change that is to meet as many people as I can during the coming year,” said Dahlberg. “I’m humbled that Mr. Hubbard likes what I stand for, and I intend to show all Minnesotans – regardless of political orientation – that I’ll bring a common-sense, balanced and fiscally conservative approach to representing them in Washington, D.C.”
Dahlberg is currently chair of the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners, having first been elected to the board in 2008 and reelected in 2012.
Despite being a Republican, Dahlberg was reelected in 2012 with 60 percent of the vote in an area of the state known as a Democratic stronghold.
In that contest, he won the endorsement of both the Duluth Building & Trades Council and the Teamsters Joint Council 32. Dahlberg was once a factory worker at Georgia-Pacific’s now-closed Superwood plant in Duluth, where he was a union member with United Paper Workers International.
Dahlberg is also a current commissioner for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, an agency created by state statute in 1955 to generate domestic and international trade, advance regional industrial development and advocate for maritime industry interests.
In addition, he served on the Duluth City Council from 1992-1994.
He is an attorney with Dahlberg Law Office, P.A., in Duluth.