Layman Running for House District 5B Seat

An economic development professional and former Commission of the Iron Range Resources has tossed her hat in the ring for the House District 5B seat. 

Sandy Layman made the announcement Monday. 

The seat is currently held by Democrat Tom Anzelc, who announced his bid for re-election last week. 

“I’m running for State Representative because the people of Itasca and Cass counties deserve an advocate in St. Paul with a passion for service, a vision for the future and a legislator who recognizes that economic prosperity is driven locally by people who know their communities’ needs,” Layman said. 

Layman is a Minnesota native with 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors leading efforts to promote job creation and economic vitality on the Iron Range. 

Layman was appointed twice by former Governor Tim Pawlenty,  to serve as commissioner of Iron Range Resources and was a member of the Governor’s Forestry and mining subcabinets. 

She also served as president of Itasca Development Corporation and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Layman and her husband Bill have two sons, and a 7-month-old grandson.   She enjoys Northern Minnesota lake activities as well as hiking and biking the many trails in the region. 

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