Pine City Planner Enters Race For State House

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 7:09 am

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.


  1. Concerned Citizen 01/23/12 at 11:00am

    God help us! Another community organizer running for political office!

  2. Bill Brown 01/23/12 at 12:08pm

    Good man Nathan is for the job.

  3. Annie 01/23/12 at 5:19pm

    District 8B would be lucky to have Nathan Representing them, he is an amazing guy!!!!!

  4. Cathy C 01/24/12 at 9:31am

    Good job Nathan!

  5. Jennifer Erdmann 01/25/12 at 11:21pm

    You’ll be a great voice for our part of the state. Thank you Nathan!

  6. non concerned citizen 01/28/12 at 4:04pm

    Nathan has done a super job as our city planner. I have met a lot of people! No one cares more about making it better for everyone then Nathan. He truly cares, and will not give up. Nathan will be a strong leader and a better friend, that will listen. Don’t wait! Vote for Nate!

  7. really? 02/2/12 at 11:52pm

    yeah he’s done a great job if you like emtpy stores and a new homeless shelter for the business owners and people being foreclosed on because they have to make the water payment instead. way to plan.but he did get a great gay pride festival going here and even got it recognized at the state fair! make us have quite the vision!

  8. Another Viewpoint 02/22/12 at 2:01pm

    It seems the community has been growing and there are fewere empty stores. Nothing wrong with a homeless shelter. And water rates are comparible to other places. And, the gay pride comment shows ignorance.

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