Hubbard Backs New Senate Candidate Opposing Franken

Hubbard Backs New Senate Candidate Opposing Franken

Several months after local businessman Michael McFadden announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate, a Duluth attorney has joined the race with the support of Stanley Hubbard.

Another Republican candidate plans to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Al Franken next year—and he reportedly has the backing of prominent local businessman Stanley S. Hubbard.

St. Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, an attorney, will reportedly join the race, marking the fourth Republican to enter the field.

In addition to the contenders Minnesota Representative Jim Abeler and Senator Julianne Ortman, local businessman Michael McFadden earlier this year stepped down from his role as co-CEO of Minneapolis-based investment bank Lazard Middle Market to launch his U.S. Senate campaign.

Dahlberg, 51, plans to formally announce his candidacy just before his October 1 retirement from the U.S. Army Reserves, according to a Duluth News Tribune report. But the news leaked early when Hubbard, chairman and CEO of St. Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting, circulated a memo supporting Dahlberg’s run.

“My wife Karen and I have agreed to help him get off to a good start,” Hubbard wrote in an email, according to a Star Tribune report. “Getting off to a good start requires a bankroll. In that regard, we hope that you will consider helping Chris.”

Dahlberg was first elected to the St. Louis County Board of Commissioners in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012, according to the Duluth News Tribune. He also served on the Duluth City Council from 1992-1994.

Hubbard, who owns the Duluth television station WDIO, donated the maximum of $600 to Dahlberg’s 2012 campaign, the Duluth newspaper reported.