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7th District: Erik Thompson


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Thompson originally registered with the FEC as a candidate for the 5th District. But he is a resident of Milan, Minn., which is in the 7th District, so Thompson has now filed to run in the DFL primary for that seat, now held by Rep. Collin Peterson. He also has previously registered as a candidate for president of the United States. According to the candidate's Web site, "Thompson, who calls his race a Challenge for Congress, is a long-time peace activist who is pledging to do all in his power to stop the insanity of our war in Iraq and work to make sure it never happens again. Anywhere. Anytime. I am not really running against the incumbent Collin Peterson, but am giving voters in my home district a chance to cast a clear vote against the war."

The candidate once spent 90 days in the Federal prison system for a misdemeanor trespass conviction at the Nevada Test Site, home to continued testing of US nuclear weapons and the location of most of Thompsonís nearly 100 arrests. He is finishing his term as national board co-chair of Nevada Desert Experience, a group dedicated to faith-based resistance to U.S. nuclear weapons testing.
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Candidate Bio

Erik Thompson
Political affiliation:
Democratic Party
Born:
Northfield, Minn., 1957
Personal:
Resides in Milan, Minn.
Occupation:
Chairman of Prairie Sun Bank, Milan, Minn.
Education:
BA/MA/MBA from Stanford University, including a certificate in public management.
Political experience:

Campaign contribution profile

Total receipts
$13,325
Total disbursements
$11,313
Cash on hand
$2,011
Source: Federal Elections Commission
July 2006

Resources and Links

Campaign Web site:
Document www.challengemn5.org

Candidate Pages

Democrat Tim Walz spent his first day as 1st District congressman-elect with family and supporters in Mankato. Walz beat six-term Republican Gil Gutknecht in Tuesday's election. (11/08/2006)
Democrat Keith Ellison campaigned heavily against the war in Iraq, and has put environmental and health care issues at the top of his list of priorities. (11/08/2006)
Bachmann defeated Democrat Patty Wetterling in a hard-fought contest that will go down as the state's most expensive U.S. House race. (11/08/2006)
As a result of the Democrats' taking control of the U.S. House, Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, a DFLer from the 7th District, is in line to become chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer. (11/08/2006)
Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Jim Ramstad joins Gary Eichten on Midday to discuss his decision to retire from Congress. (Midday, 09/27/2007)
Minnesota 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar is about to become really important in the transportation world. As the ranking Democrat, Oberstar is expected to become chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in January. (11/09/2006)
In one of the state's biggest election upsets, Minnesota's 1st Congressional District has gone democratic. First-time candidate Tim Walz won the race with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Republican six-term incumbent Gil Gutknecht. (11/08/2006)
Democrat Keith Ellison was elected as the nation's first Muslim member of Congress on Tuesday, easily winning a Minneapolis-area district Republicans had not carried since 1962. He is also Minnesota's first nonwhite representative in Washington. (11/07/2006)
The congressional candidate made the comments during tough questioning at a free-for-all forum in Andover, in the wake of an appearance at a church service last month in which she said "God called me to run for the United States Congress." (11/01/2006)
In less than a week, voters in Minnesota's 5th District will elect a new representative to Congress for the first time in nearly three decades. (11/01/2006)
The candidates for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd District -- incumbent Republican John Kline and his DFL challenger Colleen Rowley -- discuss the issues as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 11/01/2006)
U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., debates his DFL challenger, Wendy Wilde, as part of Midday's "Meet the Candidates" series. (Midday, 11/01/2006)
The race between U.S. Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., and his DFL challenger Tim Walz has been attracting national attention and money. Gutknecht and Walz sparred in a recent debate. (Midday, 10/31/2006)
Rep. Collin Peterson won the 7th Congressional District seat for the first time in 1990. In the past 16 years, the Democrat has solidified his bond with voters in the conservative district. This year he's challenged by Republican Michael Barrett. (10/31/2006)
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, one of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, spent Monday in Minnesota -- campaigning for Democrats and signing copies of his new book. The atmosphere at the book signing was worthy of a rock star. (10/30/2006)