Gov. Walz Announces Bid for Second Term

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan Also Announced Re-Election Tuesday Morning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has launched his campaign for a second term in an increasingly divided state, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy.

The former high school football coach made the announcement in a YouTube video posted Tuesday that shows him standing on a football field.

The former congressman won office in 2018 on a theme of “One Minnesota,” a slogan he’s using again for 2022.

But the fissures in Minnesotan politics have grown deeper since then, mostly over disagreements over his management of the pandemic, as well as the unrest and spike in crime that followed the death of George Floyd.

The department head of political science, Dr. Cindy Rugeley says, Walzs’ term has been measured by how he has managed crises such as the pandemic, and fallout from the murder of George Floyd.

She goes on to say, as a democratic, his reelection could represent some stability for Minnesotans.

However, how the current president Joe Biden is perceived could also play a part in the mid-term election.

“We do have a tendency to nationalize elections. So that will play a little bit into it. Modern elections are a little more nationalized and how the president is viewed might play a little into it,” UMD Department Head of Political Science, Dr. Cindy Rugeley says.

Tim Palenty was the last republican Governor in Minnesota… from 2003-2011

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