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."


"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.

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View the current candidates running for governor below:

Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidates


A Woodbury native, Nikolay Bey is listed as being self-employed, according to He previously entered the 2014 congressional race as a candidate.
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Former state representative Keith Downey recently left the state GOP party's leadership team after serving two terms as its chairman.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson 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.

A Blue Earth native, Phillip 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.

Mary Giuliani 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.

A current Redwood Falls resident, Jeff 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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State Representative Erin 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.

Rebecca Otto, a 53-year-old three-term auditor, also served in the House of Representatives and on the Forest Lake Area School Board.

U.S. Representative Tim 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.


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