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Johnson names Duluth’s Bergstrom to governor campaign

May 14, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Jeff Johnson has chosen a running mate in his bid for governor.

Johnson added Donna Bergstrom to his ticket in a Monday announcement. Bergstrom is a Republican activist and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve who lives in the Duluth area.

Bergstrom ran and lost for a heavily Democratic Duluth state Senate seat in 2016. But Johnson says her lack of political experience is a campaign asset rather than a detriment.

Bergstrom is a member of the Red Lake Nation who says improving education of Native American residents is a top priority. But she wouldn’t say how she felt about the proposed Enbridge Line 3 pipeline crossing Leech Lake reservation or a GOP-backed push to nullify water standards meant to protect wild rice.

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