DFL endorses candidates for Minnesota Senate District 2

The Democratic-Famer-Labor Party gathered for the district’s convention on May 1.

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The DFL party held its regional convention for Minnesota Senate District 2 on May 1 and endorsed the pictured candidates for the 2022 election. From left: Reed Olson for Minnesota House 2A, Alan Roy for Minnesota Senate and Erika Bailey-Johnson for Minnesota House 2B.
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BEMIDJI — The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party held its regional convention for Minnesota Senate District 2 on Sunday, May 1, and endorsed candidates for the 2022 election.

At the event, which was held at the Cedar Lakes Casino in Cass Lake, three candidates for the state legislature were officially endorsed by the DFL.

The newly redrawn Senate District 2 now includes the entire counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen along with portions of Itasca, Cass, Hubbard and Becker, along with Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Nations.

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New Legislative map of Minnesota districts

Alan Roy, a Becker County resident and U.S. Army veteran, was endorsed for the Minnesota Senate. Roy served during Iraqi Freedom and is a Major in the Army Reserve, he is also an enrolled member of White Earth Nation where he currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the White Earth Tribal Council.

Reed Olson was endorsed as a candidate for the Minnesota House 2A seat. Olson lives in Bemidji where he co-owns the Wild Hare Bistro. He has previously served two terms on the Bemidji City Council and is currently serving his second term on the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners.


Erika Bailey-Johnson was endorsed for the Minnesota House 2B seat. Bailey-Johnson, who is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation, lives in Beltrami County with her husband Matt and two sons and is the sustainability director at Bemidji State University.

The convention also elected DFL officers for the district: Mike Simpkins as chair, Christina Bowstring as vice-chair, Mike Albrecht as treasurer, Rebecca Colebank as secretary and Christian Taylor-Johnson as the affirmative action officer.

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