Johnson Announces 2018 Bid For Governor
Carol McCarthy | May 10, 2017 AT 7:34 pm
UNDATED--Detroit Lakes native and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson announces he'll again run for Governor in 2018.
Johnson, 50, who now resides in Plymouth today made his intentions known for the 2018 race with a polished video via social media, promising to restore “power, opportunity and freedom” to Minnesotans. Johnson won the GOP endorsement at its convention in 2014 before also winning a primary. He lost the 2014 race to Governor Mark Dayton by 110-thousand votes despite an otherwise good year for the GOP in which they took back the Minnesota House. Other Republicans vying for the GOP endorsement are Rep. Matt Dean, R-Dellwood, and Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman. The Minneapolis StartTribune speculates House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek as potential candidates, among several others who could get in the race. Johnson graduated in the DLHS Class of '85.