Quinn Nystrom, 33, a Baxter Democrat, announced Thursday, Oct. 3, she will run for Congress in Minnesota’s 8th District, currently represented by Rep. Pete Stauber, a Republican from Duluth.
“I have committed the last 23 years of my life to public service to ensure people have access to affordable health care. I hear from people every single day who cannot afford insulin, an inhaler, an EpiPen and it’s unacceptable. I’m running for Congress to bring down the costs of health care and prescription drugs because these are the deeply personal causes I have fought for my entire life," Nystrom said in a news release.
Nystrom began grassroots advocacy to raise money for diabetes research as a child after her brother was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and didn’t give up when she was diagnosed herself a few years later. She served as the National Youth Advocate for the American Diabetes Association and has lobbied Congress and state legislatures across the country about ways to reduce the cost of insulin.
“When I asked my Congressman Pete Stauber to follow through on his campaign promise to help struggling Minnesotans afford their health care, he failed to follow through. Our community can’t afford another politician who ignores his constituents to work for their corporate donors and political party," Nystrom said in the news release.
Additionally, Nystrom is focused on improving economic opportunity for all Minnesota families.
“Minnesota’s hardworking families are struggling to pay the bills each month because the costs of health care, prescription drugs, and other basic expenses are growing while incomes remain stagnant. We need to fix this by stopping politics as usual. I will work with anyone, anywhere to find solutions that work for Minnesotans," she said.
A fourth generation Crow Wing County Minnesotan, Nystrom lives in Baxter and was previously an elected city council member in Baxter.
She has dedicated her life to public service by advocating for accessible healthcare and affordable prescription drug coverage. When she was in the fifth grade, her younger brother, Will, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. When Quinn visited him in the hospital, she promised him that she would do whatever it took to find a cure. She immediately started going door-to-door to raise money for diabetes research and advocacy.
Her work became even more personal when she was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few years later. She knew right away that the life she had dreamed of for herself would be forever altered. As a teenager, Nystrom was asked by the American Diabetes Association to be their National Youth Advocate and began traveling across the country to raise awareness about diabetes. She’s lobbied Congress and state legislatures across the country on ways to reduce the cost of insulin and other lifesaving prescription drugs.
At 28, Nystrom became the youngest person - and the only woman - to serve on the Baxter City Council. There, she advocated for increased access to affordable healthcare and worked with local law enforcement to crack down on sex trafficking. She earned a reputation as someone who was always accessible to her constituents and able to work across the aisle to deliver results.
Nystrom has never backed down in the face of adversity. In Congress, she said she won't be beholden to corporate special interests or party bosses - she will be an independent advocate willing to do the hard work necessary to get results for Minnesota families.
Marjorie (Marje) Holmstrom-Sabo
Marjorie (Marje) Holmstrom-Sabo announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Hibbing her DFL candidacy to represent Minnesota's Congressional District 8 for the 2020 election cycle.
She believes that putting people first is the necessary approach for the challenges that face residents of northern Minnesota, she said in a news release. To her, putting people first means strong protections for workers' rights to organize; livable wages that will support a home and family; affordable and accessible health care so people don’t have to choose between paying for housing or paying for medical care; and support for economic opportunities and development that keep jobs and people in the region.
Holmstrom-Sabo was born in Hibbing. The second oldest of five children, her childhood encompassed the boom and bust cycles of the steel industry. She is no stranger to the “work hard and help your neighbor” values of mining families.
She graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School in 1992. With financial support from federal grants, scholarships and a summer job at Minntac, she started her college career studying chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, and finished it with a Bachelor’s of Science in scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1997.
Her career has spanned industries including software engineering, web development, education, mortgage servicing, online retail servicing, self-employment and operations management.
She is the mother of two teenagers.