At Issue Feb. 11 – Nolan Won't Seek Reelection; Minnesota Special Elections

February 11, 2018 07:10 PM

Nolan Won't Seek Reelection

A big announcement Friday from Minnesota 8th District Congressman Rick Nolan.


He says he will retire at the end of his term this year and not run for reelection.

The 74-year-old Democrat narrowly defeated Republican challenger Stewart Mills in his last two reelection bids in the 8th District, which represents much of northeastern Minnesota and reaches as far south as North Branch.

Nolan says he announced his decision now to give other candidates time to build their campaigns.

Mills had previously said he would not run in 2018. Our political experts weighed in on his decision on this week's "At Issue." 

Katharine Tinucci, a former press secretary for Gov. Mark Dayton, said Minnesota's election cycle just got a little more exciting, and that Nolan has served the 8th District well.

Annette Meeks with the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota said she didn't think he saw a path to victory that would be easy enough to warrant the fight it would take.

KSTP's 2018 Election Page

Special Elections for State House, Senate Seats

Meanwhile, on Monday, special elections to replace former State Rep. Tony Cornish and former State Sen. Dan Schoen will take place. The two lawmakers stepped down late last year amid sexual misconduct allegations. 

In the southeast metro, Republican Denny McNamara and DFLer Karla Bigham are hoping to win the Senate District 54 seat previously held by Schoen.

Schoen's replacement will be on job the remainder of the term, which is three more years.

In Southeastern Minnesota, Republican Jeremy Munson and Democrat Melissa Wagner are vying for the House District 23B seat vacated by Cornish.

The winner of that race will serve out the rest of this year, and then have to run again in the 2018 general elections.

Follow special election coverage on Monday at and on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.


Marissa Cusumano

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