The Democratic gubernatorial field enlarged even more this week, as state Representative Paul Thissen, a former state House Speaker and Minority Leader, announced his statewide candidacy. Mr. Thissen joins US Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato), state Auditor Rebecca Otto, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and two fellow state Representatives in the open Democratic primary. Gov. Mark Dayton (D) is retiring. Hennepin County Commissioner and 2014 GOP gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson leads the Republican side. Considering Donald Trump’s strong performance in Minnesota last November, this open seat general election campaign could become competitive.
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