Minnesota Gubernatorial Race

(ABC 6 News) – Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Republican challenger Scott Jensen scored easy victories in their primaries in August, setting the stage for their matchup in Minnesota’s marquee race for Governor on November 8.

Also, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party candidate Steve Patterson and Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate James McCaskel each won their primaries on August 9, 2022 and are on the ballot for Governor.

Tim Walz (D)

Governor Tim Walz
Credit: Office of Governor Tim Walz

Walz’s career has been defined by public service, from serving in the National Guard for 24 years, to serving students as a high school teacher and football coach, to serving the state as a Congressman, and now as Minnesota’s 41st Governor.

Walz is seeking his second term under the same “One Minnesota” slogan he used four years ago, but in an ever more polarized environment where Jensen and the GOP are seeking to turn his management of the pandemic against him.

Walz is running on his accomplishments from cutting taxes and moving Minnesota’s economy forward, education and equal opportunity, police reform and public safety to protecting abortion rights for women, decreasing costs and increasing access to affordable health care, and taking action to tackle climate change.

For more information on Walz and his campaign, CLICK HERE.

Governor Tim Walz Coverage

Scott Jensen (R)

Dr. Scott Jensen

Jensen is a lifelong Minnesotan. Born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Jensen graduated valedictorian of his 1973 high school class. He attended the University of Minnesota obtaining an undergraduate degree in physiology, magna cum laude, and then attended Luther Theological Seminary.

He completed a family practice residency at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul and then opened his own medical practice, anchored in Watertown, with an office in his new hometown of Chaska. 

He has a wife, 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Jensen has outlined a variety of plans he would implement if elected. They range from stopping crime, fighting inflation, lowering energy costs and reducing gas prices to protecting and supporting women, economic development, rural prosperity and education.

Recently, former President Donald Trump endorsed Jensen. Jensen’s campaign expressed gratitude for the endorsement and said that “while we have not actively sought the endorsement of political leaders, we are grateful for those who have recognized our ability to lead and Heal Minnesota.” 

For information on Dr. Scott Jensen and his campaign, CLICK HERE.

Scott Jensen Coverage

Steve Patterson (GLC)

Grassroots Legalize Cannabis candidate Steve Patterson (Courtesy: Patterforgov.com)

Grassroots Legalize Cannabis candidate Steve Patterson is the owner of Lansing Corners Bar and Grill in Austin, Minnesota. He previously worked as a hospital security officer, according to his campaign website. He is campaigning on legalizing recreational cannabis, prioritizing access to mental health resources and making Minnesota a “Castle Doctrine” state.

Patterson graduated from Lake City Lincoln High School in 2007 and got a two-year degree from Rochester Community and Technical College before getting a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Winona State University.

Lieutenant governor candidate Matthew Huff is paired with Patterson on the ballot.

For information on Steve Patterson and his campaign, CLICK HERE.

James McCaskel (LMN)

Legal Marijuana Now candidate James McCaskel (Courtesy: James4MN.com)

James McCaskel, 25, is a Minneapolis native who describes himself as a community organizer. According to his campaign website, he became homeless as a teenager and dropped out of high school, later earning his GED. His campaign website lists legalizing marijuana, protecting abortion access, fighting violent crime and investing in skilled trades as his priorities.

Political activist David Sandbeck is the Legal Marijuana Now candidate for lieutenant governor.

For information on James McCaskel and his campaign, CLICK HERE.