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Jennifer Schultz looking to replace Stauber in Washington

Keith Vandervort

ELY – “Our freedoms are under attack and these attacks have only increased over time.”
Those words, surprisingly, come not from a MAGA Republican, but from Jennifer Schultz, a DFL candidate who is seeking to unseat Pete Stauber in the US House District 8 race this year.
Schultz addressed a crowd of people standing here this week at a Tuesday group rally. She is a four-term state representative, with a day job teaching economics at the University of Minnesota-Duluth since 2004. She had no plans to run for Congress when she announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term in the Minnesota Legislature.
“I’ve worked on health care reform for 20 years,” she said. “That’s how I got involved in politics. I never thought I would be a full time politician. It was never on my to-do list. But things happen and people have asked me to do it.
Schultz earned a Ph.D. in health economics, while working jobs that paid her less than minimum wage, competing for scholarships, and taking out student loans. She rose through the ranks of her field to become a professor at UMD.
Today, she lives in Duluth with her husband and two sons, and says she knows firsthand the day-to-day concerns of residents in her district after four terms in the state legislature. She is chair of the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee, where she has proposed measures to improve access to affordable health care and reduce prescription drug prices. She also sits on the Ways and Means, Taxes, Health Funding and Redistricting Committees.
“No one would run against Pete Stauber,” she said. “I am a data enthusiast. I looked at the 2018 data and the votes Governor Tim Walz got here, and the redistricting, and decided I could beat Pete Stauber. I don’t need many more votes than Walz got. This district has been DFL for the last 70 out of 76 years. We can flip it from red to blue again.
She continued her attack on Stauber.
“I’m sick of political extremists like Pete Stauber,” she said. “I’m tired of the misinformation and lies that come from the Republican Party. I’m tired of the divide in our communities and the divide in our families. People want to be able to trust their elected official. They don’t want to hear any more lies They want the people who represent them and their values ​​to go do their jobs and get things done.
Schultz spoke of the political pendulum continuing to “swing left and right with nothing in the middle.” She touted her record of getting things done in Minnesota’s divided legislature.
“I’m not just talking about all the liaison and local development projects I’ve funded, but about problem solving. I like to fix things that are broken. I know how to work, not just with Republicans, but with our “new” Republicans, these independents, in our legislature. »
Schultz said she was looking to do the same in Washington, D.C.
“We can show DC how to get things done if we can get people elected with this as the goal of solving problems,” she said.
“Pete Stauber is very inefficient. He took terrible votes for our region. His biggest downvote was on the infrastructure bill, which represented $7 billion in investment in Minnesota. This means no to jobs, no to funding for roads, bridges and our port which helps our entire state. Broadband funding was in that bill. He took credit for it, but he voted no. He voted no on basic things like affordable insulin. He voted no to solve the shortage of infant formula. He voted no to help our restaurants and small businesses recover from COVID,” Schutz said.
She added: “He is completely bought off by business interests. He voted against recent gun safety legislation. Twice. He receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from the NRA. And the worst part is that he voted no to suffrage legislation and signed the Texas lawsuit to invalidate President Biden’s election. He bought Trump’s Big Lie and it’s a huge threat to our democracy. He has to go. He does not represent the interests of his district.

The mining issue
The first question Schultz received from the Ely audience was, of course, about mining.
“I support our miners and our mining industry one hundred percent,” she replied. “We’ve been mining taconite here for a long time and we know how it can benefit our communities.”
She continued, “What you need to know is that I support safe and clean mining. I am in favor of a significant financial guarantee so that taxpayers do not pay for a possible clean-up. I support science. I believe in science and we have to follow science.
She noted that Stauber “did nothing” for mining. “We have mines that are idling and people that are being made redundant. There has been no investment in mining. Cliff’s goes to Ohio and builds ovens there. We should take advantage of the Defense Production Act to look at water and sulfate filtering. We should be producing steel on the Range,” Schultz said.
“Why didn’t Stauber do anything about mining? ” she asked. “He doesn’t want President Biden to be credited with it. He plays politics against the best interests of the region and the people who live here.
Schultz said she wants to “be the bridge” between mining and the environment.
“I want to help solve this problem. I have been endorsed by both labor groups that have historically supported Stauber. I have been endorsed by the DFL environmental caucus and other pro-environmental groups. It’s rare, but it’s a good thing. We have to understand, when we do any type of mining, that it does not pollute our ground water or our surface water. When this happens, our property values ​​will drop. It is difficult to clean water that has been polluted.
Schultz’s statement that she believes Rep. Betty McCollum’s anti-copper nickel mining legislation will pass before she takes office in January drew loud applause from the partisan crowd.
“The Duluth complex is really big and there’s a lot of exploration for a lot of minerals, but the concentration isn’t high enough to be profitable,” she said. “Right now, it’s cheaper to recycle. In terms of jobs, relying on just one industry is not smart. It’s smart to have diversification.
She called for more manufacturing in the North Country.
“We have to do things again in the United States. We need good union jobs with good benefits.
Schultz will be in Cook on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cook Community Center located at 510 Gopher Drive in Cook. The meeting is open to the public.