Minnesota Lt. Governor Passes On Running For Governor

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, long thought to be positioning herself to take over when Gov. Mark Dayton leaves office, said Friday that she has decided to pass on a gubernatorial bid.

“After careful consideration, and many conversations with family and friends, I have decided not to run for Governor in 2018,” the Democrat said in a statement.

Source: Pioneer Press

Current Minesota Governor Mark Dayton (D) announced earlier he would not run for another term. There was speculation that the state’s senior Senator Amy Klobuchar would run for the office but she announced late last year she would seek a third Senate term instead.

There’s still no shortage of candidates for the race.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto, state Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman have announced plans to run. Other potential DFL candidates include U.S. Reps. Rick Nolan and Tim Walz.

On the Republican side, other potential candidates include House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, state Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood and Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.