LAKE SHORE – Krista Knudsen, mayor of Lake Shore and owner of a local restaurant, announced Tuesday, Feb. 23, that she will run for Minnesota House District 5A, a new open seat that includes parts of Cass, Wadena counties , Hubbard and Becker. Knudsen was elected mayor in 2020, previously serving on Lake Shore City Council.
“I’ve been a problem solver all my life – when the restaurant I worked in was in danger of closing, we decided to buy it, transform it and keep it going. When I didn’t see representation at the on our city council during moms and small businesses, I got started. As mayor, we worked to preserve Lake Shore as a wonderful place to live and I want to continue that work as the next state representative to this year,” Knudsen said. in a press release. “I want to thank Rep. Poston, who has represented this region with integrity and strong conservative values for the past six years – I know I’m ready to go out there and stand up for our Constitution, protecting the child at born, medical freedom, tax relief, gun rights, and more.”
Knudsen is endorsed by Rep. John Poston, R-Lake Shore, who announced his retirement from the Legislative Assembly earlier this week.
“Krista is a strong conservative and I can’t think of anyone better to represent this district,” Poston said. “Krista brings a wealth of experience as a business owner, educator and community leader who will fight for us in Saint Paul and be an enthusiastic new voice for our region.”
Knudsen and her husband have been married for 15 years and have four children. She and her husband are the owners of the Cowboy restaurant. She recently obtained her substitute teacher’s license, which gives her the opportunity to work as an educator in the region.