State Rep. Tina Liebling (D) “announced that she would run for governor” on Sunday.
“Liebling said she plans to abide by the DFL nomination process. She said she may run for her House seat again if she doesn’t earn the DFL nomination.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
SPEAK(ER) UP. State Rep. Paul Thissen (D), a former state speaker, said “he is seriously considering running for governor and expects to make a decision in the next two months.”
Thissen: “I’m seriously thinking about it. … I really want to try to do it in a way that doesn’t follow a traditional way your run a campaign, because I think how you run your campaign does lead to how you govern.”
“He said his campaign, if he launches it, would focus on mental health treatment, workplace justice, government transparency and other issues.” (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)
BIG PICTURE. “The governor’s race will be of special interest, and a magnet for in-state and national cash, as the DFL attempts to deny the GOP unified control of Minnesota government. The shadow of redistricting looms large on this contest, too. Challengers are beginning to crowd the DFL and Republican sides, ensuring that endorsement and primary battles will be lengthy, and expensive.” (MinnPost)
“Minnesota Republicans are getting serious, even a year and a half before the next election for governor. An email from the state party called Democratic governor hopefuls … ‘four Democrat Socialist candidates.’” (Duluth News Tribune)