Republican Dave Thompson running for governor

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R- Lakeville. (MPR Photo/ Tim Nelson)

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, has confirmed that he will launch a campaign for governor in the coming days.

Thompson told MPR News that he plans to file the campaign fundraising paperwork on Monday, with a formal announcement planned for Wednesday.

Thompson is an attorney and former radio talk show host, who was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2010. He won re-election in 2012 and currently serves as an assistant minority leader.

On Sunday, state Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, is expected to announce his run for governor. The field is getting crowded on the GOP side, with Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and Orono businessman Scott Honour already in the race to challenge incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton next year.

  • Vince W.

    Dave has my vote! I’m a big fan! I always hoped for the day that Dave could bring the ideas he espoused on the radio to the Governor’s Mansion. And now, with a lot of hard work and maybe a little luck, he has the opportunity to do just that. Go Dave!