Labor leader and third generation Mille Lacs County resident Brent Krist filed as candidate for State Senate District 15 at the Mille Lacs County Courthouse on June 1. Krist is seeking the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party nomination to challenge incumbent Senator Andrew Mathews in the Nov. 3, 2020 election.

Said Krist, “I want to change this us-versus-them, two-party system and get back to fighting for issues that help all residents in our district. While I am running as a DFL candidate, I also have libertarian ideas when it comes to personal freedoms. My support of a public healthcare option doesn’t change that I also want less regulation on cannabis and that I fully support our Second Amendment rights. I want to serve all of Senate District 15, not one side or the other, and I welcome all ideas from every community within our District.”

Krist grew up on the family farm near Milaca. There, he learned the value of hard work, the importance of being a good neighbor and the wisdom that even though we each must take responsibility for our own life, we are all interconnected and dependent upon one another. He has worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for 16 years and for the past 12 has been an elected union leader for SMART-TD Local 1000.

Krist says his campaign is focused on the kitchen table issues affecting local residents: affordable healthcare, good jobs and viable family farms. “I do not seek public office to be a showboat or grow a statewide profile to further my personal ambitions. Instead, I will be laser-focused on representing and addressing the unique needs of our SD15.”

For more information about Brent, his platform, and the Krist for SD15 campaign, visit or connect on Facebook and Twitter @KRISTforSD15.  

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