In a pivot after suspending his campaign for Congressional District 7, Beltrami County Commissioner Reed Olson is announcing his intention to run for Minnesota House 2A.
Last week, redistricting changed the boundaries of both federal congressional and state legislative districts, making Olson ineligible to run for CD 7.
The new state 2A district includes Bemidji, Puposky, Waskish, Gonvick, Clearbrook, the Red Lake Nation, all of Lake of the Woods County, and portions of Beltrami and Clearwater counties.
Olson is in the second year of his second term on the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners. He is also a business owner, co-owning the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, and is the director of the nonprofit, Nameless Coalition for the Homeless.
Olson has lived in the area since 1994, and prior to his seating on the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners, he also served on the Bemidji City Council.
Olson intends to secure the DFL nomination, which is expected in late April.
Listen to the full interview with Olson here: