Nov 6, 2018
Jerry Burnes - Mesabi Daily News
Democrat Dave Lislegard will be the new representative for Minnesota House 6B, defeating Republican Skeeter Tomczak in the open seat.
As of press time, with 50 percent of the district reported and Lislegard led 6,065-3,388, amassing more than 64 percent of the vote. As of press time, Liselgard’s home district in Aurora and two precincts in Virginia and Mountain Iron had yet to report.
Lislegard was the heavy favorite to win the seat vacated by State Rep. Jason Metsa, who ran in the DFL primary for the 8th Congressional District. Lislegard defeated DFL-endorsed candidate Shaun Hainey in the primary, pulling 68 percent of the vote.
May 20, 2018
Jerry Burnes - Mesabi Daily News
Mayors across the Iron Range announced their endorsement of DFL candidate Dave Lislegard for the Minnesota House of Representatives 6B seat.
Lislegard announced his candidacy in April and early support is mounting for the current mayor of Aurora and president of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools.
He was also recently endorsed by the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades.
“There is no one better to represent this region’s voice down in St. Paul than Dave Lislegard,” said Mountain Iron Mayor Gary Skalko. “His passion, courage and unwavering support to move our region forward is why I proudly stand and endorse Dave Lislegard as our next 6B State Representative.”
Among the mayors backing Lislegard are Gary Skalko of Mountain Iron, Larry Cuffe Jr. of Virginia, Mark Skelton of Hoyt Lakes, Jim Weikum of Biwabik, Rick Cannata of Hibbing, Chuck Novak of Ely and Andrea Zupancich of Babbitt.
In statements they said Lislegard was a constant supporter of the region with first-hand knowledge of the issues, who has gone to St. Paul and Washington D.C. on behalf of the Iron Range. His support, they said, has extended to broadband, local government aid, the wild rice sulfate rule and the PolyMet land exchange bill that was authored by Congressman Rick Nolan and passed in the U.S. House.
June 3, 2018
Mesabi Daily News
Dave Lislegard has been endorsed by the United Steelworkers Local 1938 for the Minnesota House 6B seat.
“Actions speak louder than words, especially on the Iron Range,” said John Arbogast, president of USW Local 1938. “Dave Lislegard has been engaged on every issue critical to our members’ ability to earn a living and keep our region vital for the next generation. I stand in solidarity and endorse Dave Lislegard for State Representative 6B.”
May 26, 2018
Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) is endorsing Dave Lislegard for the Minnesota House of Representatives 6B seat. In endorsing Lislegard Nolan stated "Dave is one of the most remarkably seasoned and experienced Range officials I've ever worked with who understands how our economy works and is deeply committed to our way of life. That’s the type of leadership we need in St. Paul.”
Nolan and Lislegard have often worked side by side for the last six years on the issues impacting the Iron Range at both the federal and statewide level. Nolan tapped Lislegard to unite business, labor and community leaders in support of tariffs to defend against steel trade cheater nations and to help get iron prices up and people back to work. Lislegard's efforts recently extended to advocating for Nolan's bipartisan legislation for the PolyMet land exchange and fighting for the region’s continued voice in the DFL party by defeating Resolution 54 in 2017.
“What the House 6B region needs is a leader with courage and unwavering determination. I’ve been involved in politics my whole life at all different levels, and from the first moment I met Dave Lislegard, I knew he had something in him that very few have,” Nolan said. “His belief in the people and the history of his region is undeniable."
MAY 2, 2018
Members of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades voted unanimously to endorse Dave Lislegard for the Minnesota House 6B race. The endorsement is Lislegard’s first after announcing his DFL candidacy on Sunday.
“Dave is and has been a champion of labor for the men and women of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades. We know he will bring our voice and the values of the Iron Range down to the capital,” said Mike Syversrud, president of the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades. “We’re proud to stand with him and give him our endorsement”
APRIL 29, 2018
Aurora Mayor Dave Lislegard, an advocate for mining, healthy rural communities and “the Iron Range way of life,” hopes to bring his passion for jobs and a brighter economic future for the region to the Legislature in St. Paul.
Lislegard, 45, has announced he will seek the DFL Party’s nomination for House 6B, a legislative district in the core Iron Range that includes his native Embarrass area.
Filings for legislative offices open on May 22. Lislegard will run in the Aug. 14 primary for the DFL nomination. The general election is Nov. 5.
DFL Rep. Jason Metsa currently holds the House 6B seat, but is not seeking re-election and is running for Congress from the 8th District. Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, who has served two different congressional districts — the 6th and 8th — is retiring.
“I am a pro-labor, pro-business, pro-jobs DFLer,” Lislegard said in announcing his candidacy. “I have lived the difficult roller-coaster economy of the Range that has resulted in loss of jobs, population, security for workers and their families, and opportunities for our young people.
“We can do better, we must do better. And I believe I can make a positive difference for the people of the Iron Range at the State Capitol,” he added.
Dave and Lisa Lislegard of Aurora have been married 23 years. Lisa works for the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is a member of AFSCME. They have two children — Hailey, 24, who lives in Aurora and is a heavy equipment operator with Local 49 Operating Engineers, and Nadia, 21, who lives in Iowa and works in the service industry.