Vietnam veteran Ray "Skip" Sandman, 64, has officially received the endorsement from the Independence Party of Minnesota as he pursues the 8th Congressional District seat.
This comes just days after current 8th Dist. Congressman Rick Nolan (DFL) announced he will be retiring at the end of his term, paving the way for a hotly contested race from now until November.
In response to the endorsement, Sandman says:
"I proudly accept the Minnesota Independence Party's endorsement and look forward to offering the voters in my district a choice for real representation. For too long, the candidates of the two major parties have taken the people of the eighth for granted and have chosen to represent the interests of corporations and their wealthy donors. Our shared centrist vision of valuing the people and the planet before profits will insure that we all will prosper. Investment in our students means that business will flourish, technology will continue to provide productivity and energy savings. Also, a more equitable distribution of our commonwealth will create a more sustainable society. This is my common-sense approach to politics."
Sandman announced his candidacy for the 8th Dist. seat in May of 2017.
Former FBI counter-terrorism analyst Leah Phifer is officially vying for the DFL endorsement, while a crowded field of potential candidates are considering entering the race.
On the GOP side, St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber is running as the Republican candidate.