Erika Bailey-Johnson announces candidacy for Minnesota House 2B

Bemidji resident Erika Bailey-Johnson is seeking DFL endorsement for her campaign for District 2B of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Erika Bailey-Johnson

BEMIDJI — Erika Bailey-Johnson has announced her bid for District 2B of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

The Sustainability Director at Bemidji State University since 2008, Bailey-Johnson is seeking endorsement from the DFL in the party’s upcoming convention.

“There is a lot of work to do, and I feel confident I have the skills, work ethic and broad base of support to get us on a better path,” Bailey-Johnson said in a release announcing her candidacy.

Bailey-Johnson, who is also a member of Red Lake Nation, grew up in rural Grand Rapids and Williams, Minn. before attending college at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She and her husband settled in Bemidji in 2004 and have two sons, Noah and Reed.

When new legislative district lines were established earlier this year, Bailey-Johnson was asked to run for office. The newly-redrawn district surrounds Bemidji on three sides and stretches from just east of Grand Rapids to just north of Detroit Lakes, including both Leech Lake and White Earth Nations.


“I don’t have all the answers, but I have developed an inclusive process through decades of experience that has proven to solve complex issues," she said. "I am a good listener and look forward to figuring out how I can best help our district with strong, energetic advocacy in St. Paul.”

The DFL endorsing convention for District 2 is being held on April 30 and the general election will be on Nov. 8.

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