BRAINERD, MN-- Quinn Nystrom has won the Minnesota DFL endorsement for the 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
Nystrom received 78% of the vote with her opponents Galylene Spolarich and Soren Sorenson receiving 18% and 1.5%.
“I want to thank all of the delegates who participated in this DFL Endorsement process. I am so grateful to have earned your support. This campaign is based on the belief that nobody in the wealthiest country on earth should be forced to choose between paying their mortgage or going to the doctor when they are sick,” said Nystrom in a press release Sunday.
Nystrom says that she is running to strengthen the middle class and rural America.
“The last few months have exposed the inequities in our healthcare system, as millions of Americans have lost their insurance and income as their businesses closed, sometimes forever, because of the pandemic. I've spent my life fighting against pharmaceutical companies, and in Washington I won’t be afraid to take on the big corporations that have made it harder for the middle class to get ahead,” Nystrom said in a statement following the nomination.
The nomination was a result of three rounds of balloting starting with the precinct caucuses in February.
Delegates were elected from the precincts to their county conventions, then from the county convention to the state convention.
The state convention was delayed this year; however, due to COVID-19 concerns.
Seven other candidates were endorsed by the DFL across the state of Minnesota Sunday.
1st Congressional District: Dan Feehan
2nd Congressional District: Representative Angie Craig
3rd Congressional District: Representative Dean Phillips
4th Congressional District: Representative Betty McCollum
5th Congressional District: Representative Ilhan Omar
6th Congressional District: Tawnja Zahradka
7th Congressional District: Representative Collin Peterson
8th Congressional District: Quinn Nystrom
“The Minnesota DFL Party has endorsed a talented and diverse array of candidates for the United States House of Representatives. By fielding a slate of candidates with experience, name-recognition, and records of standing up and advocating for the people of Minnesota, the DFL Party is well-positioned to build on the gains we made in 2018," said DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin following the endorsements.