4 Republicans Running For Governor Support Voter ID

4 Republicans Running For Governor Support Voter ID Photo: AP/File

October 24, 2017 11:22 AM

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 candidates are Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former Republican Party chair Keith Downey, state Rep. Matt Dean and state Sen. Dave Osmek.


Minnesota Public Radio reports the candidates say the 2012 vote isn't the last word on the issue. Only 46 percent of voters supported the proposed state constitutional amendment on voter identification.

The candidates say the issue was defeated because of an unsuccessful campaign and that they believe most Minnesota residents favor photo ID voting requirements.

Opponents say such policies discriminate against the elderly, poor and minority voters who are less likely to carry identification.


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.
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