Pete Johnson will soon join the list of announced candidates for the Minnesota House District 7A seat in eastern Duluth. Johnson, a DFLer, is a Duluth firefighter and president of the firefighters’ union.
UPDATE: Pete Johnson will declare his candidacy in a press event at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 in front of Duluth city hall.
Pete Johnson made it “Facebook Official” with this statement:
I am running for the Minnesota House of Representatives District 7A, which covers eastern Duluth. I will be a strong voice for middle class families.
I am running for this seat because I believe that middle class Duluthians need a strong voice at the Capitol.
I will work hard for good living wage jobs; accessible, affordable healthcare for all; and an education system that works on all levels. These things can make or break a middle class family and are critical to future of Duluth and Minnesota.
For the last five years I have served on the 7th Senate District DFL Board of Directors. In that time I have spent hundreds of hours knocking on doors, making phone calls, handing out literature, and working directly with candidates from School Board to City Council to State Legislature. I do all of this because I believe in what the DFL stands for and I believe that the success of the DFL is dependent on more than one candidate or one office. The DFL thrives when we have like-minded people serving in all levels of government that can work together to accomplish the goals of the DFL.
And to quote the late Senator Paul Wellstone: “We all do better, when we all do better.”
Analysis: Johnson seems to be another relatively new name in the rapidly changing, Gen X/Y-dominated Duluth DFL. I wonder how Johnson’s candidacy will be seen since Duluth’s other state representative, Rep. Eric Simonson, was also a firefighter and union chief when he got elected just two years ago. It is a different district, and this is bound to be a much more competitive (albeit less strange) set of circumstances.