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5th District: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer

When Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer announced in February 2006 that he would take on long-time incumbent Martin Sabo, the immediate reaction was "nice of the man to try, but that's Sabo's seat forever." Of course, at that time, nobody knew Sabo would not be a candidate in the election of 2006.

Nelson-Pallmeyer is relatively unknown, but name recognition wasn't his biggest hurdle -- Sabo was. Now, of course, name recognition is his biggest hurdle since others expected to jump into the race have more of it. He is a justice and peace professor at St. Thomas. He says "it is time to build an economy based on renewable energy.  We must stop misusing the U.S. military as an oil protection service." He refers to the the war in Iraq as an "occupation," and says he will work to end it. According to his Web site he believes America "must promote peace, international law, living wages, progressive taxes, single-payer healthcare, veteran’s benefits, campaign integrity, and quality education. 

Candidate Bio

Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Political affiliation:
Democratic Party
Three daughters. Resides in Minneapolis. Lutheran.
Associate Professor of Justice and Peace Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Graduated St. Olaf College where he majored in political science. He did his theological training at Union Theological Seminary in New York City where he received a Master of Divinity degree.

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Increasing crime in Minneapolis is fueling concerns about public safety in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, which includes the city and several suburbs. Candidates in the race for that seat are responding with a string of public safety proposals. One DFLer has even gotten the endorsement of Hennepin County's Republican sheriff. (08/01/2006)
Four DFL candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat discussed their views on the fighting between Israel and Lebanon in a debate Tuesday night in Minneapolis. (07/26/2006)
Four of the DFLers seeking to replace retiring 5th District Congressman Martin Sabo debated the war in Iraq, health care and poverty issues Monday. The four DFLers agreed on a number of major national issues, but tried to differentiate themselves based on their experience. (07/24/2006)
Former DFL State Party Chair Mike Erlandson has filed papers to run for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. Erlandson is bucking his party's endorsement of another candidate, and is getting help from his former boss -- the man who's retiring from that office. (07/06/2006)
The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied support for DFLer Keith Ellison's campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat in Minneapolis Friday afternoon. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Rep. Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman from Minnesota and the first Muslim congressman in the nation's history. But Ellison's past, in particular his relationship with the Nation of Islam, are causing some Jewish activists and others to question if he's the best candidate. (06/30/2006)
If elected, Keith Ellison would be the first African American congressman in Minnesota history. But the endorsement doesn't guarantee that he'll be DFLer on the November ballot because several Democrats say they'll run in a September primary. (05/06/2006)
When Rep. Martin Sabo announced his retirement last month, about a dozen DFL candidates started lining up to replace him. They range from a Dairy Queen owner to a university professor. At a forum on Sunday, they touted their political chops. (04/23/2006)
U.S. Rep. Martin Sabo, DFL-Minn., announced Saturday that he won't seek a 15th term in Congress. (Midday, 03/20/2006)
"In my gut I know the time is right," the Minneapolis DFLer said on Saturday as he announced the end of his political career. (03/18/2006)
University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs says Martin Sabo's decision to retire is "momentous," and the time of the announcement is "strange." (03/17/2006)
Martin Sabo is holding a press conference Saturday to announce he's not seeking re-election. The 5th District Democrat has been a member of Congress representing Minneapolis for 28 years. (03/17/2006)