Pine City Planner Enters Race For State House
A Pine City official recently announced his candidacy for Representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Nathan Johnson, 34, the city planner and zoning official for the City of Pine City, registered his campaign in late-December, thereby tossing his name in the hat for what is now District 8B, represented by Rep. Roger Crawford (R-Mora).
Johnson, a DFLer, was raised in Pine City and attended Pine City public schools.
“I grew up in Pine City and I learned our values,” Johnson said. “We value a decent wage for a hard day’s work. We believe in getting the job done, and more importantly, getting it done right.”
The DFLer says a major part of his platform is focused on highlighting the area and bringing jobs here.
“We need someone to be a strong voice for us in this part of the State,” Johnson said, “saying to the Governor, when you’re bringing jobs to Minnesota, this is a great place to be and a great place to live.”
On issues faced by the present legislature, Johnson said he disagreed with eliminating the homestead credit; wanted to see LGA (local government aid) levels for municipalities maintained; and he opposed wanting to have discriminatory and constitutional language added to the ballot regarding marriage.
About other issues important to Johnson, he said, “Education will be a priority of mine, putting it ahead of special interests and making tough choices instead of passing the buck. The special interests have a big enough voice in St. Paul.”
“I want to represent Pine City, and the other people of our district. Realizing the hopes and dreams of our district and helping make them happen will be my priority.”
Johnson has worked for the City of Pine City since early 2005, and he serves on numerous committees, including the Downtown Leadership Group, Neighborhood Watch, and GPS 45:93 (a regional consortium for economic development); and is involved in numerous other projects and organizations including the Rush Line Corridor Task Force, the Northern Lights Express Alliance and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association, among others.
“My background is in planning. I want to get the job done and get it done right, planning for and moving us forward to a better future,” Johnson concluded.
The present legislative districts will likely be realigned through redistricting and it is uncertain whether Mora and Pine City will be in the same district as both DFL and Republican maps have showed them in separate districts thus far. Redistricting will likely be settled in late February.