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Rick Nolan of rural Crosby, Minnesota’s 8th District U.S. representative-elect has appointed Mike Misterek, the campaign manager who led Nolan’s successful drive back to the U.S. House of Representatives, to be his chief of staff.


In his new role, Misterek will supervise overall operations in the DFLer’s Washington, D.C. office, as well as district field offices.

“Over the past 15 months I have come to know and deeply respect Mike for his extraordinary leadership skills as well as his dedication to the principles that guided our campaign to restore the middle class, solve problems and get things done. Now I look forward to working with him to assemble a team of capable, experienced and knowledgeable people to help me get things done in Washington,” Nolan said in a statement.

Misterek is a founding partner in Twin Cities-based Strategic Field Concepts, LLC, where he managed advocacy campaigns focusing on Medicare, telecommunications, rural broadband expansion and voter outreach. He has worked on previous congressional campaigns and on the 2008 Obama for America campaign. He has also served as political director for the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance and, early in his career, worked as a staff intern for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn.

“Working with Rick Nolan continues to be one of the great honors and privileges of my life,” Misterek said. “Rick will be a true ‘people’s Congressman,’ and our staff team will be there to help him fulfill the goals he set forth during the campaign, as well as to provide the great people of Minnesota’s 8th District with the finest, most effective, responsive and personal constituent service of any office on Capitol Hill.”

Misterek is a 2003 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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