Thanks to Rep. Brian Johnson

Dear Editor:

Many of you are familiar with the recent decision by Gov. Dayton to back down from his original stance on Minnesota’s sex offender program and temporarily halt planned transfers of some of these offenders to a facility in Cambridge. This is great news for Cambridge residents that have been concerned since the state announced the proposal several weeks ago that would have moved these dangerous sex offenders from secure facilities to the less secure one in the city of Cambridge.

You have Representative Brian Johnson of Cambridge to thank for this important reversal by the governor and a new sense of safety in your community, however long it may last.

Brian spent a career in law enforcement before he was elected to serve the people of Isanti and Chisago counties. He has worked tirelessly in St. Paul in support of key legislation that protects our families from changing public safety threats. In coordination with local officials, Brian brought the message of concern for the proposed sex offender transfers directly to the Department of Human Services (DHS). Within weeks, the plans were dropped.

We need more leaders at the State Capitol that will fight for their communities like Brian Johnson. I am proud to serve with him and to call him my friend. Without his work on this issue over the last several months, DHS would still be moving forward with plans to bring dangerous sex offenders to Cambridge without proper security or logistical planning. There is nobody better to represent District 32A in our continued work to stand up for hardworking families and businesses.

Kurt Daudt, House Republican Leader
House District 31A, Crown