Matt Norri announced he’d be filing for office in his Iron Range House District on Thursday, setting up the first challenger for the seat currently held by two-time incumbent Rep. Dave Lislegard, DFL-Aurora, in House District 06B.

Norri, of Virginia, called himself a lifelong Iron Range resident, and was scheduled to kick off his candidacy with an event Thursday evening at BG’s Bar and Grill in Mountain Iron.

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“I’m running to give the Iron Range its voice back so we have a representative who not only knows and lives our way of life, but will defend it at the Capitol,” Norri said in his announcement.

House District 06B encompasses the cities of Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, Gilbert and Hoyt Lakes.

In his announcement, Norri described himself as a husband, father and former small-business owner. Norri’s family owned Norri Distributors for 68 years until it was recently sold to D and D Beverage, of Virginia, where Norri now works.


“I’m pro-mining, an avid hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment, pro-life, and want to fight for the future of the Range so our kids and grandkids are able to live and thrive here in the area we all love,” Norri said.

Rep. David Lislegard

Rep. David Lislegard

Lislegard won the seat for the first time in 2018, taking over for the DFL’s Jason Metsa, who declined to seek reelection and instead bid unsuccessfully for the 8th Congressional District seat. Lislegard is also a vocal supporter of proposed copper-nickel mines on the Iron Range. He has not yet announced if he’ll run again in 2022.

Lislegard beat Republican Julie Buria in the November 2020 election, 12,648 votes to 10,513.

Election for state House representatives is Nov. 8, 2022, when U.S. Congressional midterms will also be on the ballot.

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