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8th District candidates press hot buttons on virus, policing

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8th District candidates press hot buttons on virus, policing

Pete Stauber and Quinn Nystrom National topics of the day can roil like a bad day on Lake Superior in modern America, so when local congressional candidates stop to talk issues, it can be a snapshot in time with new issues coming on the next wave.

This week, Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber and 8th Congressional District challenger Quinn Nystrom, the Democratic nominee, took on the topics of a national police force infiltrating America’s cities and the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, which went past 4 million positive cases this week.

On the topic of an unmarked police force that’s been deployed by the White House to protests in Portland, Oregon, the candidates both cited a desire for order amid a scene that included the city’s mayor being tear-gassed as part of a demonstration Wednesday.

“Nobody should be bringing violence,” Nystrom, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate from Baxter said. “We absolutely need order, but the first option should never be violence.”

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“I want local control,” said Stauber, a retired Duluth police officer who has denounced the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May and has been working on legislation to address police violence. “I think mayors and chiefs of police and sheriffs need to have local control. We need to support law enforcement and orderly communities. We have to stop what we’re seeing going on in many of these big cities by restoring trust, mutual respect, and law and order. If we do that, this nation can start to heal.”

On the topic of COVID-19, the incumbent and his nearest challenger differ on what needs to be included in the next relief package — one […]

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