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Jennifer Schultz gets DFL nod for state Rep. Huntley’s Duluth seat

Schultz, a UMD professor, got the nod over three other candidates as the DFL hopes to retain the seat held by Huntley for 22 years.

DFL delegates in Duluth have endorsed Jennifer Schultz for the state District 7A House seat.

DFLer Thomas Huntley has held the seat for 22 years but won’t seek re-election in November.

Schultz is a professor of economics and director of the health care management program at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Her endorsement came Saturday after seven ballots in a competition that included three other candidates: Fire Capt. Pete Johnson, Duluth City Council Member Linda Krug and community organizer Gary Anderson.

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Schultz said afterward that she’ll support social and environmental justice, labor rights, and progressive agendas:

“I will continue the important work on health care reform that Representative Tom Huntley championed during his tenure in the legislature and will fight for continued funding for public education, health care, infrastructure, and social programs.”