District 3A includes Cook, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties. It is one of the largest districts in the state.
Ecklund said one of his main priorities heading into the election is advocating for broadband internet access.
“I view broadband as probably the next economic engine of Northeast Minnesota. We have everything it takes that people want to live here. Taxes are low, we have the waters, we have the lakes, we have the trails. We have everything in terms of assets, so I’m going to continue—if I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected—continue being an advocate for greater broadband internet in the state of Minnesota. It should be like rural electrification back in the 1950’s,” Ecklund said.
Manninen, on the other hand, said one of his main priorities heading into the election is ending Governor Walz’s shutdown.