Klobuchar Gains Democratic Primary Challenge

A northeastern Minnesota man says he will challenge U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar in next year’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary election.


Bill Hamm of Bovey announced he is running against the popular senator for several reasons, including that she has not supported the Second Amendment’s provision to allow Americans to carry guns and what he called a “racist-economically biased” war on drugs that she does support. He also complained that Klobuchar, in her first term in Washington, has done too little to fight obesity and to help blacks get jobs.

“Sen. Klobuchar’s continued support for the out-of-touch progressive-socialist leaders of the Minnesota DFL has made it impossible to support her or my party’s position on (these) issues,” he said.

Hamm, an Itasca County native, is a divorced father of three and a Grand Rapids High School graduate. A Vietnam war veteran, with what he calls a mild disability, Hamm has worked most of his adult life in northern Minnesota’s forests, mostly doing inventory and forest improvement projects.