Seat is currently held by East Grand Forks Republican Mark Johnson

    Reed Perkins of East Grand Forks, a “Minnesota born and raised father, science teacher, and Air Force husband” announced Monday, April 6 that he’s running for the District 1 seat in the Minnesota State Senate in the 2020 Election.

    The seat is currently held by Republican Mark Johnson, also of East Grand Forks.

    “The three planks of my platform are simple,” Reed said in a release announcing his campaign. “We need to start treating healthcare as a human right for all people, that means both accessible and affordable here in rural counties. Childcare availability must be expanded because families should feel more freedom to start families here. And our ag policy needs an overhaul because current policy has tilted the playing field towards big business against our family farmers; the current level of market consolidation is both unfair and unhealthy to both our farmers and our small towns.”

    Reed has worked as a park ranger with the National Park Service, a camp counselor with the Audubon Society, a public school teacher, and a leader of a homeschool coalition on an Air Force base. His wife is a major and he has participated in several military spouse groups. The variety of environments he’s done education and built communities in has him excited to help his home state again, the release states.

    “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to give back to my home state,” Reed continued. “This is a state that gave me so much and to have the chance to run for office as I raise my family where I grew up is a dream come true. I’ve spent the last several years helping other military spouses navigate government systems to have their needs met and I’m ready to put those skills to work for those of us living in this corner of our state.”

    Perkins and his wife have two daughters. He says he’s “ready to make certain everyone in rural Minnesota is given a seat at the table where their voices can be heard.”

    To learn more, visit or find him on facebook at “Perkins for MN1”