Cannon Falls resident Jesse Johnson has declared his candidacy for the upcoming election for the House of Representatives in District 20A. According to a press release, Johnson grew up in Cannon Falls, graduated from Cannon Falls High School and enlisted in the Army during his junior year of high school. He finished his 20-year career in the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. His campaign will focus on bringing quality paying jobs and economic development to District 20A, which will include Goodhue County. Although Johnson does not have political office experience, he does have a background in policy. After attending Georgetown University and receiving a Masters Degree in Policy Management, he then used that degree at the Pentagon. Johnson was hoping to receive the Republican endorsement for the upcoming primary election. Johnson was under 1% from winning the Republican endorsement for District 20A, causing a runoff between himself and candidate Pam Altendorf. The primary election for the district 20A seat is August 9.