VERNDALE — Lake Shore Mayor Krista Knudsen received the Republican endorsement for Minnesota House 5A District on Saturday, April 2, at an endorsement convention in Verndale, winning support from local Republicans for the newly drawn district that includes parts of Cass, Wadena, Hubbard and Becker. counties.
The District of That House includes the following area communities: the towns of Backus, Chickamaw Beach, East Gull Lake, Hackensack, Lake Shore and Pine River, as well as the area townships of Barclay, Bull Moose, Bungo, Deerfield, Fairview, Home Brook, Loon Lake, McKinley, Pine River, Powers, Walden and Wilson.
The general election is November 8.
“It is an honor to win the support of my Republican friends and to be the endorsed Republican nominee for District 5A,” Knudsen said in a press release. “As the next State Representative, I will work to lower your taxes, protect your freedoms and freedoms from government excesses, and work to help our businesses that have been so badly harmed by the mandates and closures of these last two years.”
Knudsen and her husband have been married for 15 years and have four children. She and her husband own the Cowboy restaurant in Lake Shore. She recently obtained her substitute teacher’s license, which gives her the opportunity to work as an educator in the region. She also served on Lake Shore City Council before being elected mayor in 2020.
Knudsen was competing with Cass County Economic Development Corporation executive director Mike Paulus, who also sought Republican endorsement for the House seat.
“I’m a competitor, I love to compete,” Paulus said in a press release. “It was a game I had never played before and I had to learn the rules as I went. I didn’t have experienced political advisers in my corner. Looking back, I realize some missteps I’ve made along the way. I wish the outcome had been different, my passion for helping businesses in our area resonated with many. To my supporters, I say thank you for your trust and your love, and believe me that I will work every day to continue to improve our state although I am not your representative. Many people have asked me if I intend to present myself again, and I see that as a real possibility.