Grand Rapids man to seek House District 5B seat

District includes Pine River, Backus, Chickamaw Beach and area townships

Spencer Igo. Submitted Photo

Grand Rapids resident Spencer Igo announced his candidacy for state representative in House District 5B, which includes much of Itasca and Cass counties, including Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, Grand Rapids, La Prairie, Cohasset, Deer River, Zemple, Remer, Backus, Chickamaw Beach, Pine River and 35 townships.

Area townships in that district include McKinley, Bull Moose, Pine River, Barclay, Deerfield, Powers and Ponto Lake.

Igo is seeking the Republican endorsement for the seat with the retirement of incumbent state Rep. Sandy Layman.

“Growing up in Itasca County, I learned the importance of a great many things. Community, family, faith and integrity being some of the most prominent,” Igo said in a news release. “I am running for state representative to not only be a leader for northern Minnesota but to keep our communities and our way of life alive now and in the future.”

Igo graduated from Grand Rapids High School and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Most recently, Igo was hired and works for Congressman Pete Stauber, R-Minn., as his northern field representative covering Koochiching, Itasca, St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.


In his time with the congressman’s office, Igo has worked with area leaders to tackle issues across northeastern Minnesota. This opportunity has given Igo tools, relationships and a grand understanding of the needs of not only Minnesota, but House District 5B, he said in the news release.

Igo is an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, having attended elementary school there and growing up in the church. Igo looks to his community for ways that he can be involved and advocate for its success.

“Sandy was an amazing leader in St. Paul. Her ability to reach across the aisle and use her great understanding and relationship building to get things done for the citizens of 5B was outstanding. I hope to take the fire and passion she had and follow in her footsteps for our great communities,” said Igo.

Igo lists his legislative priorities as building the economy, investing in schools and education, and finding tactful solutions to healthcare. This is all a part of Igo’s “Investing in Our Northland” approach to creating northern Minnesota communities that thrive, attract and retain the hard-working men and women that make up Minnesota House District 5B for generations to come.

For more information, visit and follow the campaign on Facebook .

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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