Hennepin County Commissioner and 2014 nominee Jeff Johnson (R) announced Wednesday he is running for governor in 2018.
Johnson: “I’m running to take power away from government and return it back to the people of Minnesota. As Governor I will bring fundamental change to a government that costs too much, has grown far too big and taken far too much money and freedom from everyday Minnesotans.” (release)
Johnson’s campaign manager is Justin Arnold, who was Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) presidential campaign’s Minnesota director. Rubio won the state’s caucuses last year. (Hotline reporting)
SWAN SONG. State Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) “said she may make a decision in the fall as to whether to run for her current post again or try to run for the open governor’s spot.” (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)
This post was updated on May 11.