Joan Johnson Gedde

Joan Johnson Gedde, of Battle Lake, has announced her intention to run for the Minnesota House in District 9B in Otter Tail and Douglas Counties.

House District 9B is an open seat following the recent state redistricting since it has no incumbent House member. Gedde intends to seek Republican endorsement at her party’s upcoming convention. 

Gedde most recently worked as a Nursing Home Administrator in both Henning and New York Mills. She currently serves on both the Lake Region Healthcare Foundation Board and the Mill Street Residence Board. 

In addition to her life’s work in our communities, Gedde has also lived her entire life in the district. Raised on a small family farm and educated at Henning High School and the University of Minnesota, she returned to Otter Tail County to work in community health care. She has three daughters as well as eight grandchildren.

Gedde intends to bring our rural values to the Minnesota Legislature. She will use her experience and advocacy in rural health care where she says “it is desperately needed today.”

Having worked in the private sector her entire life, Gedde supports the needs of existing businesses in our community so they can continue to grow.

Gedde believes it is vital to preserve the rural way of life and not allow the metro area to dictate one-size-fits-all policies for people and families. She supports traditional rural values including Respect for Life and, as a lifelong hunter herself, the freedom under the Second Amendment. 

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