After redistricting switched districts around earlier in the year, Minnesota House 2B has shifted to encompass portions of Beltrami, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Becker, Itasca, and Cass Counties.
Running along partisan lines are Matt Bliss, a Republican lawmaker who has represented the former 5A district for one term in 2016 and again in 2020, and political newcomer Erika Bailey-Johnson, the DFL-endorsed candidate for the 2B seat.
Candidates are listed in the order they were interviewed:
Matt Bliss is a resort owner from the Pennington area and wants to return to the Minnesota House to continue working for the people of Minnesota.
Bliss said that if the Republicans win the majority in the House, he would work toward removing the process of the omnibus bills, to pass laws on a more individual basis.
Bliss wants to limit waste in government, citing the Minnesota Department of Education as one particular agency that could stand to be slimmed down.
Erika Bailey-Johnson is the Sustainability Director for Bemidji State University. She is also a Red Lake Band member and grew up in northern Minnesota.
Rather than expand mining for precious metals, for instance, the types that are needed to shift away from fossil fuels for electric vehicles, Bailey-Johnson believes work can be done to recapture those precious elements in the devices we frequently need to replace.
Bailey-Johnson is running to have an impact on our state and hopes to bridge some of the partisan divides synonymous with the state government.