ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Candidate Jill Abahsain is hopeful of DFL upswing in Minnesota's Congressional District 7

Jill Abahsain, DFL-endorsed candidate for Congress, met with supporters in New London for a campaign rally on Tuesday.

DFL candidate for Congress in the 7th District Jill Abahsain held a campaign rally with Kandiyohi County supporters at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Abahsain was joined by state legislative candidates Fernando Alvarado (left) and Fred Cogelow (right). Abahsain said she is seeing an upswing in DFL'ers getting active and supporting candidates.
DFL candidate for Congress in the 7th District Jill Abahsain, center left, held a campaign rally with Kandiyohi County supporters at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Abahsain was joined by state legislative candidates Fernando Alvarado, left, and Fred Cogelow, center. Abahsain said she is seeing an upswing in DFL'ers getting active and supporting candidates.
Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune
We are part of The Trust Project.

NEW LONDON — Republican Michelle Fishbach’s 2020 election victory over 30-year, DFL incumbent Collin Peterson caught many by surprise.

Jill Abahsain is looking to pull off her own surprise in 2022 by taking on the Republican incumbent in the Congressional District 7 race, which Republicans consider safely in the red camp.

More Election 2022:
From the commentary: That is the silver lining, if there is one, of today’s bitter, culturally charged partisan warfare: It has made civic engagement more meaningful for millions of citizens,
$401 million race was nation’s most expensive
The case has come to the Supreme Court at a time of heightened concern over U.S. election integrity in light of new voting restrictions pursued by Republican state legislatures.
Analysts say those votes likely tilted Democratic, which will require strong Election Day turnout by Walker's Republican supporters. Opinion polls have shown a narrow lead for Warnock.

This is Abahsain’s first run for federal office. She ran unsuccessfully against Torry Westrom for a Minnesota Senate seat in 2020.

Abahsain voiced optimism for a DFL upswing in a campaign rally Tuesday with DFL supporters at the Goat Ridge Brewery in New London.

During the visit, Abahsain emphasized her support for rural health care and education, reproductive rights, and keeping the Farm Bill intact.

ADVERTISEMENT

Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach made a campaign stop in Willmar on Friday to urge local party members to support Republican candidates going into the election.

She painted her incumbent as not being in line with the interests of the rural district or the country. “She does not represent us. She is not the future,” Abahsain said of Fischbach.

At one point while chatting with supporters, she said of her opponent: “She is a very quiet, Minnesota-nice Marjorie Taylor Greene.”

Greene, a Georgia Republican, was removed by the House of Representatives from her committee assignments for incendiary comments.

“First and foremost, I am running because I believe in a functioning democracy, and the first vote our incumbent cast was against a free and fair election,” Abahsain told the West Central Tribune in reference to Fishbach’s vote against certifying the election of President Joe Biden.

More by Tom Cherveny:
Now disbarred, former Willmar attorney Gregory Anderson pleaded guilty to fraud in hiding business assets of the former Mayor of Kerkhoven in bankruptcy proceedings.
Now is the time to hit the ice. The rewards go to those anglers willing to put in the effort and beat the crowds by venturing on foot on early ice. Here's a look at the opportunities waiting in west
Without comment but on a unanimous vote, Prinsburg City Council members in a special meeting Friday denied a proposed ordinance that would have allowed residents to bring civil lawsuits against
CCM Health in Montevideo is developing a new clinic space for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Rising construction costs since the start of the project have necessitated raising the original

Abahsain told the gathering of supporters that she is surprised that farmers in the district are not “up in arms” over Republican efforts that could lead to decoupling the Farm Bill from the nutrition program. Peterson had long fought to keep the nutrition title as part of the bill as what he considered a practical matter: It assured support from the majority urban members of Congress for the Farm Bill.

Abahsain said Fischbach is on a Republican study committee looking at changes to the Farm Bill.

ADVERTISEMENT

Abahsain said her optimism for the upcoming election is based on her campaign visits to DFL gatherings throughout the district. She said many at the events tell her they are both pleased and amazed at how many other DFL’ers are showing up.

“There is something going on that is different,” she told the Tribune.

She said she believes there is a quiet support building for DFL candidates. She said she’s noticed it, especially while participating in small-town parade routes this summer. Under the shade of their sun umbrellas, she said she saw many people offering “shy waves and smiles” to her.

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoors reporter for the West Central Tribune.
He has been a reporter with the West Central Tribune since 1993.

Cherveny can be reached via email at tcherveny@wctrib.com or by phone at 320-214-4335.
What to read next
Area funerals scheduled through Dec. 16, 2022
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by
The Kandiyohi County Board approved the appointment of Kent Bauman as the new chief deputy of the Sheriff’s Office. Bauman will start in his new role Jan. 3 under Sheriff-elect Eric Tollefson,
Makayla Marie Oothoudt Willprecht, 21, was sentenced to four years of prison after pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter in an overdose death. She was initially charged with murder.