Hennepin County Commissioner
Republicans closed ranks Wednesday behind the winner of Tuesday’s primary election for governor. Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a decisive primary victory over three opponents. He’ll face incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson promises a campaign of ideas, not smears.
Another Republican has provided details on his 2013 fundraising in the Minnesota governor’s race Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson told supporters in an email he collected $240,000 from donors, which is twice the amount a rival brought it. Earlier in the week, state Sen. Dave Thompson said he raised $120,000 last year. Johnson and Thompson are the two candidates competing hardest for the GOP endorsement at the May state convention. The other candidates in the running won’t rule out primary bids in August. The winner of that contest will take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
The race for governor is getting crowded. Another well-known Republican is throwing his hat in the race. State Senator Dave Thompson confirmed to WCCO’s Pat Kessler that he will file the legal papers necessary on Monday. He will formally announce his candidacy at a gathering on Wednesday.
Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein is resigning to become head of the Minneapolis Downtown Council.