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Former Maplewood mayor to challenge McCollum for DFL endorsement this weekend

A former Maplewood mayor plans to take on entrenched 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum for the DFL endorsement at Saturday’s nominating convention.
Diane Longrie lost her bid for re-election as Maplewood mayor last fall but is making a run

A former Maplewood mayor plans to take on entrenched 4th District Congresswoman Betty McCollum for the DFL endorsement at Saturday’s nominating convention.

Diane Longrie lost her bid for re-election as Maplewood mayor last fall but is making a run at McCollum, a five-term incumbent in a seat that’s long been a safe haven for DFL incumbents. Longrie is against the war in Afghanistan and wants the federal government to spend more on renewable energy and jobs for American workers, says the Pioneer Press.

And she opposes McCollum’s support of a proposal to add a temporary surtax to help pay for the war. But McCollum told the paper that $1 trillion has already been borrowed for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the money has to come from somewhere.

The paper notes that Maplewood government was deeply divided when Longrie was mayor, but she still feels she has a future in politics:

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“My long-term goal is to continue to advocate to citizens,” she said.