Johnson Campaign Heats Up After Hilty Decides To Leave Race

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

With the news of State Rep. Bill Hilty (DFL-Finlayson) opting not to seek re-election, Nathan Johnson announced that his campaign is still underway and is gaining momentum.

Johnson’s campaign picked up its first endorsement Monday, by Stonewall DFL, and received an A-rating.

“I’m honored to have received this endorsement,” said Johnson, who is challenging Rep. Roger Crawford (R-Mora) in this fall’s election. Redistricting in late-February left the area—House District 11B—with two paired incumbents, Reps. Hilty and Crawford, and three others who’ve declared their candidacy, including Johnson.

“Representative Hilty gave years of wonderful public service to the people of his district,” said Johnson, of the news of Rep. Hilty’s retirement. “I’m sure his decision didn’t come easy.”

“I will be strong on some of the same issues as he was, such as education and energy.”

Johnson, 34, is the City Planner for the City of Pine City, where he resides, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is involved in youth mentorship, economic development, transit, community organizing, community development and environmental causes.

Nathan 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.

He enjoys following high school athletics and activities, the outdoors, being with his family and engaging the youth, elderly and low-income people of the community. For more information, go to

Stonewall DFL is the LGBT caucus of the Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party of Minnesota. Its goal is to encourage participation of LGBT persons within the DFL. Stonewall DFL strives to inform the greater DFL, elected officials and citizens about the issues facing the GLBT community.

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