No Dem Candidate Picked Yet To Run Against Crawford In Dist. 11B, Johnson Leading Vote-Getter At Recent Meeting
With less than half of the delegates from House District 11B present at the DFL endorsing convention at Barnum High School on Saturday, no endorsement decision was made for who the Democrats will run against incumbent Republican Rep. Roger Crawford.
It’s worth noting that Pine City Planner Nathan Johnson says he did receive the highest vote tally in the final ballot rounds of the convention garnering 53% of the delegates to former State Rep. Tim Faust’s 47% for the final two ballots at the convention. Johnson also pointed out that Quamba Mayor Tom Ladwig, Jr. was required to drop out after three ballots as he did not receive the requisite percentage of delegates to stay in the race.
Faust was defeated by Crawford back in 2010 for the then District 8B seat, but under the new district lines the two could potentially face one another again in what is now considered District 11B. Johnson, Faust and Ladwig Jr. are all running due to incumbent Democrat Rep. Bill Hilty’s decision to step down after 16 years in the House.
Johnson said he was pleased with garnering the most votes at the recent convention, and believes he is a strong candidate to battle with Crawford this fall should he get the nomination.
“Where I live, in the Pine City area, we have about one-third of the entire district’s population,” Johnson pointed out. “The base of support that I have here and the positive and rising support my campaign has been receiving from the other areas of the district provide me with a great opportunity to win against Roger Crawford in November.”
An August 14 primary is now expected to determine who will receive the DFL endorsement.