Barb Johnson: Longtime labor ally, community leader


“I’m proud to represent this city where organized labor is an important force. It makes us a stronger city,” says Barb Johnson, Fourth Ward city council member and current city council president.

Johnson is seeking re-election to a fourth term to represent the northwest corner of the city. She is the AFL-CIO endorsed candidate and she has run with the AFL-CIO endorsement in each of her previous three races. She also is DFL endorsed.

Johnson first ran for office, she says, because “I wanted to make sure my community remained strong and secure.” Now, the recent foreclosure crisis has hit the Fourth Ward hard, she notes. “Things that happen on a national scale, the consequences are felt block by block on the neighborhood level. I really want to help my neighborhood get through this trying time.”

Johnson was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Regina High School. Her father was a Minneapolis firefighter. Her mother, Alice
Rainville, was a grocery worker and UFCW member who became the first woman elected president of the Minneapolis City Council.

Johnson, a graduate of Anoka Ramsey Community College, worked as a nurse for 25 years as a union member of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

Johnson chaired the Victory Neighborhood Association from 1994-1997, an organization she helped to found.

She lives in Victory Neighborhood with her husband Duane Johnson. The couple have three grown daughters.


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