Minnesota is preparing for a political super bowl this November when voters elect a series of significant state and national officers. The official kickoff is just a month away on Feb. 6 when the precinct caucuses are held locally.
Your voice and the collective voice of Greater Minnesota education will be critical as the state elects individuals to these positions on Nov. 6:
- Two U.S. Senators
- All Constitutional Offices
- Eight U.S. Representatives
- 134 Minnesota Representatives
- Local Officials for Cities, Counties and School Boards
MREA will provide information leading up to Feb. 6 to equip to you to lend your voice to the process. The Secretary of State and major parties will have the precinct locations available soon.
There are 13 DFL and GOP announced candidates for governor listed below with links to and Wikipedia bios. Minnesota has three major parties (receiving more than 5% of the vote in the last election). The Independence party does not have any announced candidates at this time.
Candidates have their campaign websites at which you can find more information about their positions, find where they may be speaking close to you and how you can get involved.
Here are the DFL candidates that have declared their governor plans:
- Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul
- Tina Liebling, State Representative
- Erin Murphy, State Representative
- Rebecca Otto, Minnesota State Auditor
- Paul Thissen, State Representative
- Tim Walz, State Representative
- Running mate: Peggy Flanagan, State Representative
Here are the GOP candidates that have declared their governor plans:
- Matt Dean, State Representative
- Keith Downey, former chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota and former State Representative
- Mary Giuliani Stephens, Mayor of Woodbury
- Jeff Johnson, Hennepin County Commissioner, former State Representative and nominee for governor in 2014
- David Osmek, State Senator
- Phillip Parrish, Naval Reserve intelligence officer and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014
- Creedence Petroff, Minnesota farmer
There are no declared candidates for the Independence Party at this time.