Burt Johnson has filed to run for office to represent the residents in the communities of Shoreview, Arden Hills, Mounds View and Spring Lake Park,
“I’m running for office because we need more people representing us who know what its like to work for a living,” said Johnson. “I’m running for people who know what economic insecurity is like- to struggle, to become middle class- what it means to be given an opportunity. Politics should be about improving people’s lives.”
Johnson, who has never run for office before, said that the divisive politics in S in Saint Paul and Washington D.C. have led him to decide that it’s up to people like him to run for office and make a difference.
For the last eleven years Johnson has been attorney for the Carpenters Union, advocating on behalf of construction workers. He believes his experience in negotiating dozens of contracts and improving health care plans for union members will serve him well in elected office. Furthermore, he has an extensive amount of community service and relationships from being involved in his Lutheran church to advocating for immigrant workers to coaching his 12-year-old son’s baseball team.
Johnson also knows that in addition to his work and volunteer experience, his life experience will put him in a position to be strong voice for all working people at a time when they need a voice in government.
“I am proud to call Arden Hills home,” said Johnson. “I grew up on a dairy farm in west central Minnesota and moved to St. Paul at a young age with my mother. I went from living on a struggling farm to living in section 8 housing and the only thing that set my family’s course to a middle class living was a good union job at the Ford plant. Having economic security put me on the right path. People deserve better than the rhetoric we are getting now. We deserve a government that is responsive to our concerns and works to make our lives better.”