2018 Governor's Race: A List of Candidates

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September 19, 2017 12:44 PM

With Democratic Governor Mark Dayton not planning to run for a third term, many candidates have stepped forward in an effort to fill the position.

Here's a look at the candidates who have entered the gubernatorial race so far:



A Woodbury native, Bey is listed as being self-employed, according to votesmart.org. He previously entered the 2014 congressional race as a candidate.
Website unavailable.

The former state representative recently left the state GOP party's leadership team after serving two terms as its chairman.
Website: https://www.downeyforgovernor.com/

The Hennepin County Commissioner lost to Gov. Mark Dayton by roughly 5 percentage points in 2014. Johnson won a seat on the Hennepin County Commission in 2008 after serving three terms in the state House.
Website: http://www.johnsonforgovernor.org/

A Blue Earth native, Parrish taught in the state's public school system. He was also an Intelligence Specialist with the U.S. Navy Reserve and also served as a lieutenant commander.
Website: https://parrish4mn.com/

Stephens has been mayor of Woodbury since 2011 after serving four years on the suburb's city council. She's the first woman to announce a bid for the GOP nomination in a field of a dozen Republican candidates.
Website: https://maryformngov.com/

A current Redwood Falls resident, Wharton has entered the race in an effort to "fight the good fight and protect the state of MN," according to his campaign Facebook page.
Website unavailable.


State Representative Liebling's committee assignments have been heavy in health and human services, taxes, civil law, public safety, and ways and means. Her campaign centers on increasing the minimum wage, public education, and health insurance.
Website: https://www.tinaliebling.com/

State Representative Murphy is a six-term Democrat from St. Paul who served as House Majority Leader in 2013 and 2014. She says health care and education are at the heart of her campaign for governor.
Website: http://www.murphyformn.com/

The 53-year-old three-term auditor also served in the House of Representatives and on the Forest Lake Area School Board.
Website: https://www.rebeccaotto.com/

U.S. Representative Walz is the top Democrat on the Veterans Affairs Committee. He first won the election to his rural district along Minnesota's southern border in 2006. He has held several re-election campaigns, including in 2016.
Website: http://www.walzforgovernor.org/


Rebecca Omastiak

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