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The race for U.S. House 8th Congressional District got crowded Thursday as two more candidates filed.

The seat has been held since 1975 by U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, a Democrat. Also previously filing is Republican-endorsed candidate Chip Cravaack of Lindstrom.

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Joining the crowed on Thursday is W.D. "Bill" Hamm, a frequent legislative candidate who now jumps to the DFL Aug.10 primary with Oberstar.

Hamm of Bovey is chairman of the Freedom Coalition of Minnesota, which counts as issues the addiction of kids, school bus safety, education and school control, health care that works, marijuana reform, job creation and campaign reform.

Also filing Thursday as an Independence Party candidate is Timothy Olson of Buhl. A sawmill operator, Olson says his issues are creating a pro-business environment, against cap-and-trade carbon policies, worried about the national debt, opposes government control in health care and believes in smaller government.

In legislative filings Thursday, Meg Bye of Pequot Lakes filed as the DFL-endorsed candidate for House 4B. She joins Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker. The two first faced each other in 2008, with Howes the winner.

There were no new Beltrami County filings.

Filing for all offices closes Tuesday.

Y bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

The race for U.S. House 8th Congressional District got crowded Thursday as two more candidates filed.

The seat has been held since 1975 by U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, a Democrat. Also previously filing is Republican-endorsed candidate Chip Cravaack of Lindstrom.

Joining the crowed on Thursday is W.D. "Bill" Hamm, a frequent legislative candidate who now jumps to the DFL Aug.10 primary with Oberstar.

Hamm of Bovey is chairman of the Freedom Coalition of Minnesota, which counts as issues the addiction of kids, school bus safety, education and school control, health care that works, marijuana reform, job creation and campaign reform.

Also filing Thursday as an Independence Party candidate is Timothy Olson of Buhl. A sawmill operator, Olson says his issues are creating a pro-business environment, against cap-and-trade carbon policies, worried about the national debt, opposes government control in health care and believes in smaller government.

In legislative filings Thursday, Meg Bye of Pequot Lakes filed as the DFL-endorsed candidate for House 4B. She joins Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker. The two first faced each other in 2008, with Howes the winner.

There were no new Beltrami County filings.

Filing for all offices closes Tuesday.

bswenson@bemidjipioneer.com

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