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Former Iron Mining Assoc. president joins race for Bakk’s State Senate seat

The former president of the Iron Mining Association has announced her campaign for a state...
The former president of the Iron Mining Association has announced her campaign for a state senate seat representing the Northland.(CBS 3 Duluth)
Published: May. 2, 2022 at 11:25 AM CDT
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GNESEN TOWNSHIP, MN -- The former president of the Iron Mining Association has announced her campaign for a state senate seat representing the Northland.

Kelsey Johnson is running as a Republican for the District 3 seat, which encompasses portions of St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties.

Senator Tom Bakk, who is a democrat but recently moved to the independent caucus, currently holds the seat. He announced earlier this year he wouldn’t seek re-election after six terms.

In her campaign announcement, Johnson said, “voters in Northeastern Minnesota are frustrated with the status quo in Saint Paul.”

“We’re tired of watching kids struggle to learn after years of ‘virtual learning.’ We’re tired of seeing prices soar. We’re tired of seeing taxes continue to increase. We’re tired of losing out on jobs and economic growth to the metro. We’re tired of waiting for high-speed internet. We’re tired of worrying about paying for healthcare. We’re tired of being terrified by increased crime and homelessness. We’re tired of worrying about the next shutdown. That’s why I’m running, I’m ready for a change.”

Johnson is a lifelong resident of St. Louis County and lives on the property her family has owned for nearly 80 years.

Babbitt mayor Andrea Zupancich is also running as a Republican for the District 3 seat, guaranteeing a primary in August.

Meanwhile, Hermantown city councilor Grant Hauschild is the only DFL candidate in the race so far.

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