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.
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A Republican candidate and Minnesota native, Chamberlin is working on a certificate in American Government and Politics at Harvard University
Website: http://chamberlinformn.com/

The seven-term lawmaker from Dellwood announced his bid in April. Dean's name has been intertwined with health care for years, and he says that will be his campaign's central issue.
Website: http://mattdeanforgovernor.com/

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/

Currently serving his second term in the state Senate, Osmek graduated from St. Cloud State University, works as a project manager for United Health Group, and lives with his wife, Kari, and two daughters in Mound.
Website: http://davidosmek.com/

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/

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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