Meet the Candidates: Three candidates running for Bemidji’s Ward 3

Featured photo, from left, Ron Johnson and Greg Kuhn. Not pictured is Paul Wiese. Graphic courtesy of Eric Callagan.

Three candidates are in the running for Ward 3, currently held by incumbent Ron Johnson, who is facing challenges from Greg Kuhn and Paul Wiese.


Ron Johnson has represented Ward 3 for the past 19 years, after first being elected in 2000. Johnson, a military veteran,  says his experience and relationships he has formed in the League of Minnesota Cities over the years are good tools to have, especially when lobbying on behalf of the city for bonding dollars.


Greg Kuhn is a political newcomer, who first moved to the area to work as a police officer with the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. He now works with Peterson Sheet Metal, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He entered the race to do something about what is concerning to him, rather than just talking about it.


Paul Wiese has served as supervisor of Northern Township for many years, and has participated in committees to benefit veterans. This is Wiese’s first political campaign.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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