When Congressman Rick Nolan (DFL-MN08) announced he was ending his campaign for reelection the first name we thought of was former Rep Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing). She is currently the Executive Director for Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council. She is also engaged to former Rep Joe Radinovich (DFL-MN08). With the 2018 election over, with Radinovich’s loss after a vicious series of negative attacks the people of the Iron Range need to look for a new leader and Melin would be a great choice.
We said to her during the campaign if Joe loses she should step forward. St Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber (R-MN08) won the seat outright with 159,366 or 50.72% and the outcome of the race in the MN08 was not affected by the third party candidate Ray “Skip Sandman (GRMN) who only receive 12746 votes or 4.06%.
Melin could mount a shadow campaign for the next two years and she will not be the target of the same smear tactics Radinovich received.
So, Run Carly Run.