Thissen joins crowded field of DFL candidates for governor

Paul Thissen
DFL House Minority Leader Paul Thissen speaking at the Capitol on May 22, 2016.
Carlos Gonzalez | Star Tribune via AP 2016

Longtime Rep. Paul Thissen joins an already crowded field of DFL candidates for governor.

Thissen of Minneapolis announced today that he's running for governor in 2018. He's in his eighth two-year term representing southwest Minneapolis.

During a campaign kickoff at the state Capitol, Thissen said his top priority will be working for a fairer economy.

"I have a proven record of leadership and an unparalleled passion for progressive ideas that will make Minnesota a state that not only works but thrives," said Thissen.

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Despite House DFL losses in rural areas the past two elections, Thissen said he believes his message can resonate in all parts of the state. He said he will seek the DFL party endorsement and abide by the result.

Thissen joins U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Reps. Erin Murphy of St. Paul and Tina Liebling of Rochester, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and state Auditor Rebecca Otto in the race so far. Attorney General Lori Swanson is also said to be contemplating a run.

Thissen became speaker in 2013 when the DFL had a lock on state government with the Legislature and Dayton in control.

MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire contributed to this report.