Jeff Johnson Gets GOP Endorsement for MN Governor

Updated: 05/31/2014 10:43 PM
Created: 05/31/2014 9:47 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- The Republican Party has chosen Detroit Lakes native Jeff Johnson as their guy to try and unseat Governor Mark Dayton this November.

Amid cheers and a display of supportive signs Hennepin County Commissioner Johnson will seek to challenge Mark Dayton in the fall, "as a commissioner, I have been in Minneapolis every single week for five and a half years, not asking for votes, but trying to solve problems."

He expressed exhaustion from federal government money and their programs that he believes do not help Minnesota. He says too often they're an extension of a political agenda that's pushed upon the people. 

Minnesota's economy is heavily reliant on farming, a fact that Johnson highlighted and said that taxes need to be cut to help farmers, miners, and loggers thrive. 

Like many Republicans in Minnesota and nationwide, he also wants to see the party extend its reach beyond its typical voters, an issue that competitor Marty Seifert also addressed, "picking a candidate who can bring in new voters in every region of the state, and who could present a very clear contrasting vision from that of Mark Dayton's."

After an exhausting weekend for delegates and their candidates, Governor Mark Dayton has a better idea of his competitor come this fall. 

Seifert says he's heading to a primary and plans to release his delegates.

Republicans will not confirm their nominee until August because of upcoming primaries and other potential contenders.

MN Republicans endorse Jeff Johnson for the state governor race.