On Saturday, the DFL will endorse challengers to face Rep. Erik Paulsen and Rep. Michele Bachmann in November.
DFL delegates from CD3 will choose to endorse one of two candidates to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives: Brian Barnes or Sharon Sund.
Barnes is an Edina resident and member of the Navy Reserves. He currently works in global sales and marketing for a Minnesota-based Fortune 200 company. His endorsements include local elected officials and local unions, including IBEW Local 292 and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council.
Sund is a small business owner and longtime DFL activist with experience in the green energy sector and Department of Natural Resources. She has received endorsements from multiple members of the Minnesota Legislature as well as the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC).
Both candidates reportedly will abide by the party endorsement.
In CD6, however, choosing a candidate to challenge three-term Congresswoman Bachmann may not end at the convention on Saturday.
Delegates will choose to endorse one of three candidates that have announced their candidacy. Attorney and former unsuccessful state House candidate Anne Nolan was first to enter the race, followed by small business owner Brian McGoldrick from May Township near Stillwater.
Earlier this week, hotel magnate Jim Graves entered the race as the third Democrat to run for the seat. The high-profile businessman from St. Cloud who currently lives in Minneapolis has promised to go “toe to toe” and “face to face” with Bachmann.
Graves has not yet announced whether he will abide by the party endorsement, despite a request from McGoldrick to do so.
The DFL undoubtedly faces difficult elections in both Congressional Districts. In 2010 Congressman Paulsen defeated DFL challenger Jim Meffert by a 22-point margin, receiving more than 58 percent of the vote in CD3. In CD6, Congresswoman Bachmann defeated current CD8 candidate Tarryl Clark by more than 12 points.