ROCHESTER, Minn. – The ballots are in and Minnesota Republicans have voted to endorse Jeff Johnson as their gubernatorial candidate in November.
It was a long two days as the GOP Party convention in Rochester went into overtime to determine their party endorsement.
However, after the first ballot on Saturday night, Johnson was in the lead with 32 percent of the votes and his approval rating just kept climbing as he took the endorsement with 90 percent of the votes.
The convention might be wrapped up at the Mayo Civic Center, but the fun is just beginning for Johnson who tells us that he will head out on the campaign trail as soon as possible.
“Job number one: I have got to get everywhere, all of us need to introduce ourselves to people around the state,” he says.
Through the introductions, Johnson says he will be sharing his views on things like the health care system, the job climate in the state, and the importance of education reform.
He says that it’s important to, “make sure that parents and school districts are controlling what’s happening in the schools, rather than the state and federal government.”
While his main agenda items might have differed from his opponents a little bit, they all had one thing in common and that was to beat out Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
The primary election will be taking place in August and the official election for the governor position will take place on Election Day in November.