Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg is inviting Brainerd lakes area residents to a casual gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Sawmill Inn in Brainerd.
In a news release Dahlberg’s campaign said he was found in a recent statewide poll to be the closest Republican challenger to Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., He invites citizens to stop by any time between 6-8 p.m. for the event at the restaurant at 601 Washington Street.
Dahlberg, is chair of the St. Louis County Board and is a 52-year-old Duluth resident who retired from the Army Reserve Oct. 1 after 25 years of service.
In a statewide poll conducted Oct. 27-29, North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling reported that the gap between Franken and Dahlberg was only 10 points, according to Dahlberg’s campaign. Dahlberg said he wants to appeal to a wider range of voters including Democrats and independents.
He said he will seek the Republican Party endorsement at the May 2014 state convention.
Dahlberg said he’s especially troubled by the country’s $17 trillion national debt and government overregulation that are caused by national leaders’ inability to prioritize.
He is also a current commissioner for the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, an agency created by state statute in 1955 to generate domestic and international trade, advance regional industrial development and advocate for maritime industry interests.
He served on the Duluth City Council from 1992-1994.
Dahlberg He is an attorney with Dahlberg Law Office, P.A., in Duluth. He is an Iraq War Veteran who was mobilized to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004-2005. Dahlberg lives with his 9-year-old daughter, Maija, in Duluth’s historic Morgan Park.