Kelsey Johnson has declared her candidacy for the vacant State Senate District 3 seat in the Republican primary.
Following the retirement of State Senator Tom Bakk, the State Senate District reopened for the first time in over 20 years.
“Senator Bakk is a personal mentor and friend of mine. He leaves a legacy as a leader for Northeastern Minnesota that is neither Democrat nor Republican “Johnson said. “In politics, he is an exception to the rules.”
“Voters in Northeastern Minnesota are fed up with Saint Paul’s status quo. After years of ‘virtual learning,’ we’re weary of seeing kids struggle to learn. We’re fed up with watching costs skyrocket. We’re fed up with seeing taxes continuing to rise. We’re fed up with the metro stealing our employment and economic progress. We’re fed up with having to wait for high-speed internet. We’ve had enough of worrying about how to pay for healthcare. We’re fed up with being terrorized by rising crime and homelessness. We’ve had enough of fretting about the next government shutdown. That’s why I’m running; I’m ready for something else.”
“I’m running to bring a better day to northern Minnesota, border country, and the Northshore,” she stated. I’m running to create a more stable educational system, one that emphasizes the fundamentals while allowing for great accomplishment. I’m running to help the economy grow and create more employment. I’m sprinting to convey a message: we’re not going backwards. I’m running to lower taxes for working families and small companies, as well as to provide all of us in Northeastern Minnesota greater financial independence.”
Johnson has lived in St. Louis County her whole life, on the land her family has owned for over 80 years. Kelsey grew up in Pike Lake, working for her parents’ little company. She learnt the significance of hard work and taking care of people and the community when she was there. Kelsey is an ardent outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATVing, and boating on a regular basis and is a lifelong member of the NRA.