State Sen. Osmek Withdraws from Gubernatorial Race

Sen. David Osmek Photo: Minnesota Senate website
Sen. David Osmek

January 08, 2018 10:15 AM

Republican State Senator David Osmek announced Monday he has suspended his campaign for governor this year.

Osmek, who is currently serving his second term as a senator, said results of a governor sample ballot at the Republican State Central Meeting in December "weren't what our campaign was hoping for."

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"After having the time to discuss our campaign with family, friends and my campaign supporters during the holidays, I felt it was best to no longer continue to campaign for governor," Osmek said in a statement.

Osmek first announced his candidacy in August.

RELATED: State Sen. Osmek to Formally Announce Run for Governor

View the current candidates running for governor below:


Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidates

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

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 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/

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.

DFL CANDIDATES

The Democratic St. Paul mayor announced in January that he would not be seeking a fourth term as mayor and would instead pursue a run for governor.
Website: https://www.colemanforgovernor.com/

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/

Thissen became speaker in 2013 when the DFL had a lock on state government with the Legislature and Dayton in control.
Website: http://www.paulthissen.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/

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