Ramsey County Commissioner Launches Bid for Governor
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Republican Ramsey County commissioner is entering the race for Minnesota governor in 2018.
Blake Huffman announced his bid Wednesday is St. Paul for the seat Gov. Mark Dayton will vacate after serving out his second term. He has served on the Ramsey County board since 1012 after a stint on Shoreview’s City Council.
Huffman is among the first Republican contenders to enter the race aside from several perennial or little-known candidates. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that five Democrats have already launched their campaigns in a field that is only expected to grow on both sides.
Huffman highlighted his experience with city and county level government as well as his differences with the Republican-controlled Legislature. He opposes major cuts to mass transit that he says could disrupt bus routes.