Qualls Joins Crowded GOP Field in Race for Minnesota Governor | Minnesota News

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A U.S. Army veteran and former health care executive said on Sunday he was running for governor of Minnesota, joining a handful of other Republicans who have announced their candidacy.

Kendall Qualls, who lives in Medina with his wife and five children, said he was the first and only member of his family to go to college and had two master’s degrees. His military career includes touring South Korea as a field artillery officer, according to his campaign website.

Qualls, who made an unsuccessful candidacy for Congress in 2020, said in a statement he would end the “deluge of people” leaving Minnesota.

“I am running for governor of Minnesota because we are at a crossroads in our country,” Quall said. “For more than a decade, the radical left has transformed the culture of the country where it is unrecognizable.”

DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin said Qualls endorsed former President Donald Trump’s failed policies and was trying to divide Minnesota residents.

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“The people of Minnesota in the Third Congressional District have already rejected Kendall Qualls’ candidacy and I have no doubt that will happen again,” Martin said in a statement. “This move only renders the GOP primary messy with no benefit to the Minnesotans.”

Other GOP candidates seeking to overthrow Democratic Gov. Tim Walz include former Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, Senator Michelle Benson and Scott Jensen, a Chaska doctor who recently retired from the Senate from the ‘State.

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