GOP’s Keith Downey builds bid for governor on business acumen, Trumpian politics
Keith Downey sat in the back of Fellowship Hall at Edina’s Calvary Lutheran Church last week as other speakers addressed a gathering of Senate District 49 Republicans.
His left leg bopped up and down. He skipped the dinner prepared by volunteers. He smiled tightly when state Rep. Dario Anselmo joked that Downey might be overdressed in his suit and tie. He clapped politely when state Rep. Matt Dean, then a fellow Republican gubernatorial candidate, finished his remarks.
GOP Rep. Matt Dean drops out of governor’s race; endorses Jeff Johnson
Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, has dropped out of the race for governor and endorsed the partys 2014 nominee, Jeff Johnson.
Dean, who is the influential chair of a House health and human services committee, ran an aggressive campaign for GOP convention delegates, including a tour of Minnesotas 87 counties in 87 days last fall.
I wouldnt trade those 87 days for anything Ive ever done, Dean said.
Matt Dean drops from GOP governor field
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Matt Dean is dropping out of the Minnesota governor's race.
Dean said Thursday the party needs to unite around a single candidate, and he endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.
Democrat Mark Dayton isn't seeking another term. A crowded field of Republicans is seeking to take his place. One heavyweight, former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is said to be weighing a bid after passing on a U.S. Senate run.
Rep. Matt Dean tops Minnesota Republican governor straw poll
Nearly a year out from next years election for Minnesota governor, a straw poll of Republican Party activists on Saturday provided a first indication of which GOP candidate could end up on the ballot.
More than 350 attendees of the Republican Party of Minnesotas State Central Committee meeting in Brainerd listened to speeches from seven candidates before casting their ballots. Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, came in first with just over 30 percent of the vote.
Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens announces run for governor
The mayor of Woodbury became the first woman Republican to enter the race for governor Wednesday.
Ill bring new solutions and bold leadership to the challenges facing our state, said Mary Giuliani Stephens, the mayor of the states ninth largest city since 2010.
Surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd at the headquarters of Self Esteem Brands in Woodbury, Giuliani Stephens pitched herself as a political outsider in a field of careerists.
Meet Republican gubernatorial candidates in Rochester
Voters interested in getting to know the Republican candidates for governor better will have a chance at an upcoming event.
Most Minnesota governor candidates to release tax returns
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All but one of the 10 prominent candidates for Minnesota governor say they'll release their tax returns next year.
Democrats who confirmed they'll release the information include U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and state Reps. Tina Liebling, Erin Murphy and Paul Thissen, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
GOP gubernatorial candidates plow ahead, even as some wait for something better
Some Minnesota Republican donors, activists and operatives are having trouble mustering excitement for the announced candidates in the 2018 governors campaign a winnable race, in the eyes of many, that would award them full control of state government for the first time in half a century.
Republicans running for Minnesota governor support voter ID
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Four Republicans running for governor in Minnesota all support requiring voters to show identification at the polls, despite the idea being rejected during a 2012 statewide vote.
The Minnesota Medical Association, along with the Zumbro Valley Medical Society, will host two gubernatorial candidate forums Oct. 17 and Oct. 23 in Rochester focusing on Minnesota health care.
DFL gubernatorial candidates will gather 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Heintz Center Commons of Rochester Community and Technical College, 1926 Collegeview Road East.
It's Minnesota State Fair time again and along with the cheese curds, farm critters and carnival rides there will be plenty of politicians.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's former Republican party chairman is running for governor.
Keith Downey announced his 2018 campaign for the open seat on Monday. Downey is a former state representative who recently left the state party after serving two terms as its chairman. But he's positioning himself as a political outsider.
Downey says too many residents no longer see opportunities to succeed in Minnesota. His campaign platform calls for reducing government spending and cutting taxes.
GOP Rep. Dean opens gubernatorial bid with health care focus
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Matt Dean announced Thursday that he's running for governor in 2018.
Nearly a dozen candidates are already in the running to replace Gov. Mark Dayton as both parties scramble to fill the seat after the two-term Democratic governor leaves office. But Dean is among the first top-tier Republican candidates.