Minnesota 1st Congressional District Race

(ABC 6 News) – Incumbent Republican Congressman Brad Finstad, Democratic candidate, Jeff Ettinger, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party of Minnesota candidate, Brian Abrahamson, and Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate, Richard Reisdorf are all running in the general election on November 8.

Brad Finstad (R)

Incumbent Republican Congressman Brad Finstad (Courtesy: U.S. House of Representatives)

Brad Finstad (R) was elected to Congress in a special election on August 9, 2022 to replace Jim Hagedorn (R), who died while in office in February 2022. Finstad defeated Jeff Ettinger (D) in the special election, 51.1% to 46.9%.

Also, Finstad handily defeated Jeremy Munson (R) in the August 2022 Republican Primary for U.S. House Minnesota District 1 to move on to the November 8 general election, 75.6% to 24.4%.

Finstad is a 4th-generation farmer and resident of the New Ulm area. He and his wife, Jackie, are the proud parents of 7 children. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agriculture Education and an emphasis in Rural Leadership Development, Brad and Jackie now operate an agriculture business in New Ulm while working alongside extended family to run their generational family farm.

Finstad has served as President Donald Trump’s State Director for USDA Rural Development in Minnesota where he worked to support infrastructure improvements, business development, homeownership, community services such as schools, public safety, health care, and high-speed internet access in rural areas. He previously served three terms in the Minnesota Legislature. In 2017, he was appointed Minnesota’s State Director of USDA Rural Development and held executive positions with the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association and the Center for Rural Policy and Development.

Finstad is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, defending the unborn, and keeping government out of the way so entrepreneurs, farmers, and small businesses can thrive.

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Brad Finstad Coverage


Jeff Ettinger (D)

Jeff Ettinger, Democratic candidate for U.S. House Minnesota District 1 (Courtesy: Jeff Ettinger for Congress, Twitter)

Jeff Ettinger (D) defeated James Rainwater and George Kalberer in the August 2022 Democratic Primary for U.S. House Minnesota District 1. Ettinger received 92.1% of the vote to Rainwater’s 5.6% and Kalberer’s 2.2%.

Ettinger will face incumbent Republican Congressman Brad Finstad on November 8 in a rematch of the August 2022 Special Election which saw Finstad winning and replacing Jim Hagedorn (R), who died while in office in February 2022.

Jeff and his wife LeeAnn moved to Austin 30 years ago and together built a family and set deep roots in the community.​ Jeff served as CEO of Minnesota’s own Hormel Foods, where he created thousands of jobs, expanded profit sharing for the company’s workers, and was named Responsible CEO of the year. Jeff now leads the Hormel Foundation, helping to improve the quality of life in Austin and neighboring communities.

Ettinger is running to lower the cost of living for Minnesotans, protect women’s freedoms, strengthen schools and more.

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Jeff Ettinger Coverage


Brian Abrahamson (Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party of Minnesota)

Brian Abrahamson, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party of Minnesota Candidate (Courtesy: Facebook)

Brian Abrahamson was the lone candidate for his party and grabbed all 361 votes in the August 2022 primary to advance to the November 8 general election.

Abrahamson is a husband, father, and caregiver. He is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities. 

As a political candidate since 2016, Abrahamson is a 3rd Party candidate for Congress. He is running as a Grassroots Legalize Cannabis Party candidate, and aims to be a voice on progressive issues such as cannabis legalization, Medicare for all, tuition free education, tuition forgiveness, environmental initiatives, farming, tax cuts for the middle class, saving social security, and fixing infrastructure.  

Abrahamson is also a Pro Choice candidate, and is supportive of a woman’s right to choose clean healthcare options.

Abrahamson considers himself an inspiration to thousands as he lost 200 lbs. He strives to highlight the pillars of his campaign, and his life: #dedication #determination #consistency.

For more on Brian Abrahamson, CLICK HERE.


Richard B. Reisdorf (Legalize Marijuana Now Party)

Richard Reisdorf, Legalize Marijuana Now Party Candidate (Courtesy: Richard Reisdorf website)

Richard B. Reisdorf was the lone candidate for his party and grabbed all 565 votes in the August 2022 primary to advance to the November 8 general election.

Reisdorf also ran in the special election on August 9, 2022 to replace Jim Hagedorn (R), who died while in office in February 2022. Reisdorf finished third behind winner Brad Finstad (R), and challenger Jeff Ettinger (D) receiving 1.3% of the vote with 1,543 total votes.

Reisdorf is a U.S. Navy Veteran and active member of Disabled American Veterans and Veterans for Peace.

Reisdorf is an advocate for veterans healthcare and an avid opponent of the extreme financial, environmental, and human costs of U.S. wars.

Reisdorf also has a lifetime of service and sacrifice, organizing and volunteering, community involvement, and is a member of various clubs.

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