First District Rep. Tim Walz is running for governor.
In an interview with the Post-Bulletin on Monday morning, Walz said after months of considering a possible bid, he has decided to run in 2018. The Mankato Democrat said he believes he has shown during his years in Congress he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done.
“I think now more than ever people are just wanting (government) to work. They are not looking for the partisanship. They are not looking for me to have all the answers, but they are certainly looking for me to bring people together to find those solutions that we all know are there,” he said.
Walz’s entrance makes a big splash into the Governor’s race, which already features several candidates. It also creates an open seat in a very competitive congressional district.
Walz carried the 1st District in 2016 by just over 2,500 votes against Republican John Hagedorn. That race was a rematch of the 2014 election which Walz won by over 15%. One potential difference between the two races? Donald Trump won the district by 15% in 2016.
If Democrats are going to win control of the House in 2018, keeping districts like this one are key. They now face the prospect of doing so in an open race which makes it that much more difficult.