Jeff Anderson: the MinnesotaBrown/KAXE interview

Today I feature an interview with Jeff Anderson, DFL candidate for Congress in MN-8.

Anderson is a recent Duluth city councilor and radio ad executive who grew up in Ely.

This interview was conducted Jan. 18 at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm as part of a series that includes Anderson’s DFL opponents, Rick Nolan and Tarryl Clark. Later in February I plan to interview the incumbent, Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN8).

The interviews are presented by this blog and KAXE-Northern Community Radio. Richie Johnson of Hibbing shot and edited the footage for us. An audio package is being prepared for KAXE to air sometime before the Feb. 7 precinct caucuses and the DFL nonbinding straw poll. You’ll be able to see the full video interviews on local public access television. We are working on a way to share excerpts from the interviews elsewhere as well.

Click here to see the interview.

The first segment of my interview with Jeff Anderson covered his introduction, a discussion of job creation, the federal budget, taxes and health care reform. The second segment of my interview with Anderson covered his positions on transportation and infrastructure issues, high speed internet, foreign policy and nonferrous mineral mining on the Iron Range.

The final segment of my interview with Anderson covered Iron Range economic diversification, his role as a pioneer in marriage equality and gay rights in Duluth, and his experience as a city councilor. We also talked about whether he’d abide by the DFL endorsement. He gives some closing thoughts.

For more on Jeff Anderson, visit his website.

Thanks to Richie Johnson, Minnesota Discovery Center and KAXE for supporting this project.

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