Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Commissioner Huffman Runs For MN Governor

- Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Minnesota. He has served as Ramsey County Commissioner since 2012. He promoted himself as a can-do official with a track record of results, citing several economic development projects underway in his area as evidence.

Huffman said he embraces the job-promotion measures in the Republican legislative agenda this year, but opposes the deep cuts to mass transit budgets that could threaten bus service.

Huffman, a Republican from Shoreview, recently told the Pioneer Press that he was considering a 2018 bid to succeed Gov. Mark Dayton, who is not seeking a third term in office.

Huffman's entrance to race comes as both DFL and Republican candidates firm up plans to run for governor next year.

Huffman said he will probably abide by the Republican endorsement process and not run in the primary if he loses unless he is "unfairly attacked", in which case he says he may run in the primary. Rep. Tina Liebling of Rochester has also announced her candidacy.

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