Brittney Johnson of Fergus Falls has announced her DFL candidacy for state Representative in House District 8A.

“This is the first time in over two decades that we will have an open house seat in District 8A,” Johnson said in a news release. “I am inspired by the connections we made and the stories we heard campaigning in 2018, and I am committed to finishing what we started during the last election cycle.”

Johnson ran for the 8A seat in 2018. Current Rep. Bud Nornes has announced his retirement from the state Legislature.

Johnson says that child protection is her top legislative priority. She supports full-service community schools and increased funding for addiction and mental health services and research, according to the release.

A first-generation farmer and manufacturing technician, Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Plant Science, and minors that include Economics and International Agriculture, according to the release. She worked as an Irrigation Technician for the County Soil & Water in Perham before making the move to manufacturing. She currently works swing shift as an operator in the Cargill corn mill in Wahpeton, N.D.

State House District 8A consists of much of Otter Tail County, including Perham, Pelican Rapids, Vergas, Dent and other locations.