Pete Johnson announces candidacy for Minnesota House seat

Duluth firefighter running for Minnesota legislative spot

Pete Johnson, a Duluth firefighter, is throwing his hat into the ring for a spot in the Minnesota House.

After the announcement of Representative Liz Olson’s decision to not seek reelection in 2024, Pete Johnson, a Duluth firefighter and labor leader, has declared his candidacy to represent Minnesota House District 8A as a State Representative.

“First, I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to my friend Representative Liz Olson for the work that she has done over the last eight years. Representative Olson championed legislation that is life-changing not only for Duluthians, but for Minnesotans alike. Since Liz’s announcement, many people have reached out to offer support and encouragement for me to step into this race. This is not a decision that my family took lightly; we are fully committed to this race and look forward to getting to work connecting with residents. I appreciate the early support and am excited to jump into this process.”

Pete Johnson, DFL Candidate for House District 8A

Along with being being a labor leader and a firefighter, he has also served on the board of directors for Center City Housing, a non-profit whose mission is to provide access to stable and affordable housing. He has been on this board for the past nine years.

“Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for State Representative in District 8A. As firefighters, we are called to help; we are problem solvers. Through my work, I have seen many of the challenges our community faces. I am committed to advocating for policies that prioritize affordable healthcare, access to housing, and creating good jobs; I am eager to bring the drive and determination of a firefighter to the Capitol to do the work needed to address them.”