State Sen. David Osmek (R-Mound) this week became the fifth Minnesota Republican to enter the open Governor’s race. He joins 2014 gubernatorial nominee and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman, former Minnesota Republican Party chairman Keith Downey, and state Rep. Matt Dean (R-Dellwood) as announced candidates. Democrats feature six candidates, among them US Rep. Tim Walz (D-Mankato) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton is retiring.
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