NORTH MANKATO - After slightly more than a year in office Rep. Clark Johnson, a Democrat from North Mankato, will run for a full term in Minnesota House District 19A. Johnson was originally elected in a special election in February 2013.
"It has been an honor to represent the district in the Minnesota House of Representatives," said Johnson. "I believe I've helped the district and the state through the work we accomplished at the Legislature over the last two sessions. I want to continue that effort."
During his first year in office, Johnson said he learned a great deal on a variety of topics including agriculture, transportation, education and the environment. "It's great because I am always learning something new, but it is a complex job," he said.
Johnson counts the passage of a stable budget built on fair taxes as a major accomplishment during hist first two sessions with the House, as well as important investments in education and Highway 14 upgrades.
If re-elected, Johnson hopes to provide Minnesota with the infrastructure for economic growth. "At the top of the list is Highway 14," said Johnson. He believes many local officials have made the case to expand Highway 14 to four lanes. He supports the highway upgrades as well as other road projects as a method of economic growth.
In addition, Johnson plans to push to provide quality education to ensure Minnesota's workforce has qualified people and ensure opportunities for struggling youth.
Johnson said that he came from modest beginnings. He believes all Minnesotans deserve the opportunity to succeed. "I want to make it so that everyone can make it," he said.
On environmental issues, Johnson stressed the importance of maintaining access to clean water. He said that in the Land of 10,000 Lakes access to water should not be that difficult. However, it has become an issue for communities like Worthington. Because Johnson believes that clean water has been an issue overlooked in the past, it needs to be a long-term goal for Minnesota.