Retired teacher Roger Erickson files for House seat in District 2A
Roger Erickson, a recently retired teacher from the Lake of the Woods School system has officially filed for office, entering the race to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 2A.
Erickson, a 32-year resident of Baudette, said he is running to ensure small town northern Minnesota interests have a voice in St. Paul. He will run on the DFL ballot against incumbent Rep. David Hancock, R-Bemidji.
"Northern Minnesota is a great place to raise a family, live and work," Erickson said. He added that his opponent went to St. Paul and simply said no to everything. "I will work across party lines to help solve problems."
Erickson explained how his three main areas of emphasis, middle income jobs, world class education, and access to outdoor recreation tie together.
"We can make the pie bigger by supporting our homegrown talent," he said. "Maintaining and upgrading infrastructure creates good paying, high skill construction jobs that cannot be outsourced. In order to create jobs, we need to nurture local entrepreneurs. We do that with world class public schools. Excellence in education will allow our children to compete in a world economy and will also provide new and existing businesses with plenty of talent that want to remain in our area for the lifestyle."
In addition to teaching, Erickson was a long-time coach at Lake of the Woods Schools. He and his wife Carol have two children. His son Dale is a recent graduate of St. Cloud State and currently working at the Gander Mountain Corporate Headquarters. His daughter Marie is going to be a senior this fall at St. Cloud State.
Erickson said he has already visited parts of the new district. He has been to Blackduck, Kelliher, Bagley, Baudette and Gonvick. He will continue visiting with citizens to gather their input.
"I will work hard to earn the trust of all citizens in 2A. The future is bright if we work together," Erickson said.