DFL Candidate for 5th District Congressional Seat Suspends Bid

Bobby Jo Champion Photo: Minnesota Senate
Bobby Jo Champion

June 11, 2018 03:48 PM

One of the DFL candidates for the Congressional seat in the 5th District says he is suspending his active campaign in the interest of promoting party unity.

State Sen. Bobby Joe Champion made the announcement Monday on his Facebook page.

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He was one of a number of DFL candidates who filed to run for the seat last week when incumbent U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison filed as a candidate for Minnesota Attorney General.

But Champion said he will now focus on his duties as a state senator and support another candidate in the Congressional race.

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"My plea to my fellow DFLers is that we do not savage each other in this Primary," read part of the Facebook post.

"I honor and respect decisions made by others to stay in the race. I simply have decided that I do not want to risk being an element of division when we need to come together. We must come together remembering our values and the great accomplishments that were brought forth by unselfish leaders and rank-and-file Democrats of the past."

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According to records from the secretary of state's office, State Rep. Ilhan Omar, former Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, State Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and community activist Jamal Abdi Abdulahi have also filed on the DFL side, along with Frank Nelson Drake, who lost to Ellison as a Republican in 2016.

Republicans Christopher Chamberlin and Jennifer Zielinski have also filed, according to records at the secretary of state's office. Also filing as a Republican was Bob Carney Jr.

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