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Worthington's Cheniqua Johnson chosen as state DFL officer

Johnson elected as outreach and inclusion officer

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District 22B candidate Cheniqua Johnson, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., talks to a crowded room of supporters in Mini Market Lupita in this August 2018 photo. (Karl Evers-Hillstrom / The Globe)

ST PAUL — Members of the DFL Party State Central Committee elected Cheniqua Johnson of Worthington on Saturday as the Minnesota DFL Party’s outreach and inclusion officer.

Johnson is a 2018 Team Ellison alumna, where she worked as his staff assistant and intern coordinator in his congressional district office in North Minneapolis. She is a first-generation college graduate and received her bachelor of science degree in family social science from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota in 2017.

Post-graduation, Johnson has worked predominantly in community organizing, politics and now philanthropy. Some of her previous roles include being a legislative assistant for the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, honorary city council member of the city of Worthington and district outreach coordinator for Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley.

A member of the SCC since 2018, Johnson was the youngest DFL-endorsed woman — and one of the first women of color — to run for state office in her hometown of Worthington. As the outreach and inclusion officer, she will work to broaden the DFL Party base to elect leaders who share party values; explore new candidate/campaign team training strategies for the DFL Outreach & Inclusion Committee; and ensure all voices are welcome, heard and valued.

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