Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens announces run for governor

November 29, 2017 GMT

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.

I live a Minnesota life that happens to include politics, she said.

Giuliani Stephens said she is a conservative Republican who would bring executive experience to the job. She touted economic growth, new businesses and homes in Woodbury while maintaining the east metro suburbs livability.

Giuliani Stephens joins more than a half-dozen Republicans running for governor, including Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood, 2014 gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson, state Sen. David Osmek of Mound, former GOP Party Chair Keith Downey and Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman.

Giuliani Stephens said she would abide by the endorsement of delegates at the GOP state convention in Duluth in June, meaning she will bow out if she doesnt win there. Although she is getting a later start than her current competitors, none of the candidates has solidified a commanding position yet among likely delegates, Republicans say.

A similarly crowded DFL field includes U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, State Auditor Rebecca Otto, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and three House members: Rep. Tina Liebling of Rochester, Rep. Erin Murphy of St. Paul and Rep. Paul Thissen of Minneapolis.

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