Ex-Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek gubernatorial candidate – WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –Former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek announced Tuesday that he will run for governor of Minnesota.

Stanek is at least the fifth Republican to join the race to unseat Democratic Gov. Tim Walz.

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“I’m running for governor because the Democrats in charge let lawlessness run rampant and use the actions of a few bad actors to wage an all-out war on law enforcement,” Stanek said in his campaign announcement video. . “I am a lifelong conservative. I care about Minnesota and our future.

In his announcement, Stanek promises to “secure our elections, restart jobs and our economy, protect our privacy, preserve the Second Amendment, and end blockades and mandates.”

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Stanek served as Sheriff of Hennepin County from 2006 until current Sheriff David Hutchinson was elected in 2018.

Other Republican candidates in the race include former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Senator Michelle Benson, Kendall Qualls, a veteran who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2020, and Scott Jensen, a former senator and physician. of State.

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Walz announced he would seek a second term as governor in October.

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