Michele Anderson
Brittney Johnson

With Brittney Johnson seeking House seat, Democrats set for 2020 legislative races

Michele Anderson, a resident of Fergus Falls and an arts nonprofit leader, is proud to announce her candidacy for Senate District 8 in the 2020 election.

Anderson’s announcement sets the stage for the November 2020 election for area legislative seats. She will be challenging Republican State Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, Alexandria.

For the State House District 8A seat, Democrat Brittney Johnson will make her second run for the seat, held currently by Republican Bud Nornes. But with Nornes announcing that he is retiring, Jordan Rasmusson, has announced his candidacy, Rasmusson is a Fergus Falls native and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 2011.
Anderson will bring extensive non-profit experience to her run for the Minnesota State Senate.

“I am a fierce rural advocate and a proven leader.” Anderson said in a video asking the local DFL for their endorsement during their online convention that started on April 25.

“I am joining this race because we cannot wait any longer to include more voices in addressing our state’s challenges.”

Anderson is the Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts, a community and economic development organization for artists. 

Through her work, she travels across the state and country working with rural leaders on creative community development initiatives.
Her writing on rural advocacy has been featured in multiple publications, including the New York Times, and she is internationally known for standing up for rural communities after co-writing a rebuttal to a German journalist’s fabricated portrayal of Fergus Falls in Der Spiegel Magazine. She is an alum of the Blandin Community Leadership Institute and has served on many boards and committees during her time in Fergus Falls.

“With the current COVID crisis, we are facing unprecedented challenges that will require more creativity, compassion and collaboration than ever, as well as strong rural advocacy that is rooted in research and data.” Anderson continued. “At the capitol, I will use my 15 years in nonprofit leadership—which has taught me important skills in partnerships, community engagement, and fiscal management—to get things done. Some of my priorities include bolstering local economies, ending addiction and suicide, protecting our environment, and increasing access to broadband internet.”

Anderson lives in Fergus Falls with her husband, Spencer, and their 1-year old son. As the granddaughter of farmers, a mother, and a younger resident of the region who is committed to equity and inclusion, she is looking forward to meeting with and advocating for residents of District 8 and encourages residents to reach out about getting involved with her campaign.

To learn more about Michele Anderson visit www.micheleformn.com or follow her Facebook and Twitter pages @micheleformn8.