The rumor mill is turning on who will - or won't - be running for Congressman Rick Nolan's seat following his retirement.
Nolan announced on Friday he would not run again after serving his current term.
Minnesotan politicians took to social media following his announcement to say whether they would run for his seat, including Stewart Mills and former Duluth Mayor Don Ness.
Retired war vet Ray "Skip" Sandman is hoping to run under the Independent ticket.
Another name being mentioned is North Branch Mayor Kirsten Kennedy, who attended the State of the Union as Congressman Nolan's guest.
I am proud to announce that I will joined at the State of the Union by North Branch Mayor Kirsten Kennedy – an outstanding Minnesota leader who has demonstrated her commitment to her local community through years of public service! #SOTU@kkennedy4NB pic.twitter.com/ZCokipW4cW— US Rep. Rick Nolan (@USRepRickNolan) January 29, 2018
In addition, Nolan's former campaign manager and current chief of staff for Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey posted on Friday. Radinovich also served in the state legislature.
DFL Challenger Leah Phifer issued the following statement following Nolan's announcement:
"Congressman Nolan has been a champion for single payer healthcare and campaign finance reform, amongst many other progressive issues, for a very long time. I've been traveling the district the past eight months, hearing from many DFL'ers concerned about the future of our district. I look forward to uniting us around our core values of economic justice, human rights and environmental protections. I've been listening to the voices of our people and look forward to meeting with individual delegates one-to-one to continue those conversations."
KBJR 6 also received this statement from former anchor Michelle Lee:
Congressman Rick Nolan’s announcement of his retirement took many of us in the 8th District by surprise. As one of his constituents I would like to thank Mr. Nolan for his service on behalf of all Minnesotans. I wish him the best in retirement. Friday’s announcement cleared the way for other candidates to seek the DFL party endorsement and sent the news media scrambling to work up a short list of possible contenders. I am also considering the possibility of running for Congress. I’m having conversations about what’s best for the district and the progressive ideals shared by so many. As the nominating process begins it is important that our next member of congress packs his or her suitcase with progressive ideas and a promise to continue the good fight on behalf of our friends and neighbors who struggle to pay the bills, access healthcare and affordable education required to meet Minnesota’s demands of the future. Democracy is a messy business but it is imperative that we engage. One thing is certain. In the days to come the list of announced candidates eager to represent the 8th District will grow. I will be making a decision within the next week.
Current Duluth Mayor Emily Larson also sounded off following Nolan's announcement:
Just to be very clear, I will NOT be running for Congress.— Don Ness (@Ness_Duluth) February 9, 2018
I've been saying the same thing for twenty years and my position has not changed today.
Friends, I have been asked a question pertaining to politics a few times this morning & assume I will be asked again. Here is a look behind the scenes at my drafting of a statement. pic.twitter.com/inETPEZpBj— Tony Sertich (@tonysertich) February 9, 2018