St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg formally joins U.S. Senate race

Chris Dahlberg, chair of the St. Louis County Board, formally announced he’ll run for the U.S. Senate, hoping to unseat Sen. Al Franken.

He’s the latest to jump into the GOP Senate race, joining finance executive Mike McFadden, state Sen. Julianne Ortman, state Rep. Jim Abeler and bison farmer Monti Moreno. Phillip C. Parrish says he is seeking multiple party endorsements in the race.

Dahlberg had said last month that he would run but held off a formal announcement until now. He got a boost last month with a show of support from Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley Hubbard.

Dahlberg says his campaign will stress “a return to ‘Front Porch Leadership.’ “

He says on his website:

Since the best government is that closest to the people, the best way to learn what people want is to talk to them. Face to face on front porches, in coffee shops and on Main Street.

Dahlberg served a term on the Duluth City Council in the 1990s and was elected to the county board in 2008 and reelected in 2012.

He cites his appeal beyond the Republican base, noting that he’s the only Republican serving on the county board (although it’s a nonpartisan position) and was elected with some union support.

He’s an attorney and has served more than 25 years in the Army Reserves.

DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin issued this statement about Dahlberg’s formal entry into the race:

“There are now six Republicans competing to see who will be more extreme in the contested primary for U.S. Senate. Dahlberg is just another name on a growing list.”

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