Johnson Launches Second Run for Governor

The Republican challenged Mark Dayton in 2014.

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Zach C. Cohen
May 10, 2017, 11:18 a.m.

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.


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