Bemidji man plans run for Congressional District 8

Ernest Joseph “Joey” Oppegaard-Peltier III is planning a bid for Congressional District 8.

Oppegaard-Peltier originally announced an intention to run for Congressional District 7, but after redistricting maps were released last month, gears were shifted for Minnesota’s Eighth.

Oppegaard-Peltier is focusing a Democratic campaign on such items as Medicare for All, legalization of recreational marijuana, and expanding Social Security.

Oppegaard-Peltier is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and has lived in the Bemidji area for a number of years with his husband, Tyler.

Now that CD8 includes every Ojibwe reservation in the state of Minnesota, Oppegaard-Peltier believes this is the time to champion Indigenous interests, such as expanding green energy in tribal economies.

Listen to the full interview with Oppegaard-Peltier below.

Follow Oppegaard-Peltier’s campaign online.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University. You can follow along with Larissa's live tweets of meetings and events on Twitter!


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