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Layman announces bid for re-election

Sandy Layman

Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, announced she will seek re-election this fall for a second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

She represents House District 5B, which includes Pine River, Backus, Chickamaw Beach and McKinley, Bull Moose, Pine River, Barclay, Deerfield, Powers and Ponto Lake townships in Cass County, as well as other parts of Cass and Itasca counties. Layman was endorsed by the Itasca County and Cass County Republicans.

"I'm running for re-election because we've made big strides for our district and our state over the past two years," Layman said in a news release. "We need to continue this positive momentum. Last session, I was proud to support $650 million in tax relief, millions in road and bridge funding and $1.3 billion in new education funding to ensure our state's economic recovery doesn't leave northern Minnesota behind.This session we are building on that success."

Layman authored and passed a number of initiatives to benefit her district, including governance changes to the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board; a fix for the Blandin Paper property tax lawsuit; sustainable Forest Incentives Act reform; $1 million for a local competitive rail study; and funding to complete the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center expansion.

"Coming into the Legislature, I'd heard from area residents about many changes, reforms and projects that our district needed," Layman said. "With the help of local advocates and everyday citizens alike, we successfully passed a number of initiatives that will benefit our area for years to come."

In her first term, Layman serves as vice chair of Legacy Funding Finance and is a committee member of Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance; Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance; and the Subcommittee on Mining, Forestry and Tourism. She is also a member of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board and the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission.

Layman is a resident of Cohasset where she lives with her husband, Bill. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. A longtime Itasca County resident, Layman has 30 years of economic and community development experience, serving as president of Itasca Development Corporation, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and as owner of Layman Consulting.