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Rally on the Iron Range opposes mayor endorsements of President Trump

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CHISHOLM, MN -- Last month, six northeast Minnesota mayors announced their support for President Trump's re-election bid.

But Wednesday in Chisholm, a group rallied, saying their mayor does not speak for them.

Gary Skalko, the mayor of Mountain Iron, spoke at the rally and said not all Range mayors feel that way. He then went on to say such endorsements could send the wrong message.

"When you group together like they did it looks like they are speaking for the entire towns they live in, and that's a scary thing that you have to look at really closely," Skalko said.

People at the rally also called for an investigation by the St. Louis County Attorney to see if these mayors broke any laws by making such an endorsement.

They also announced a recall petition aimed at removing Chisholm Mayor Champa.

Speakers included democratic 8th District Congressional candidate Quinn Nystrom.

"They wanted to make sure their voices are heard and counted and to say that there is a spectrum of beliefs," Nystrom said.

Nystrom said there is a reason the Range has been historically blue.

"They feel very strongly about being pro union, pro public education, pro healthcare, pro veterans and they want to make sure that their voices are heard," Nystrom said.

Following the rally, the Chisholm City Council passed a referendum, reaffirming the city as neutral, despite the Mayor's endorsement.

Mayor Champa was not available for comment

Natalie Grant

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