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Dahlberg enters GOP race for Franken’s seat

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DULUTH — Chris Dahlberg, a St. Louis County commissioner and Duluth attorney, announced Thursday that he officially is running in the Republican race for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Al Franken.

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Dahlberg, 51, made the announcement in the Twin Cities suburb of New Brighton on the front porch of supporters, promoting what he calls a return to “front-porch leadership.”

Three other Republicans have said they are seeking the nomination: state Sen. Julianne Ortman, state Rep. Jim Abeler and businessman Mike McFadden.

Dahlberg, who serves in the U.S. Army Reserve, said he is retiring from the Reserve on Oct. 1, enabling him to focus on running for the Republican endorsement at the party convention in May. It’s likely that at least two of the candidates will run in the party’s September primary no matter who gets the endorsement.

Dahlberg said he has established a Dahlberg for Senate committee and soon will file with state elections officials. He served one term on the Duluth City Council from 1992-94 and last year won a second, four-year term as St. Louis County commissioner.

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