Hibbing Man Announces Candidacy for Minn. Gov.
Posted at: 08/21/2013 9:44 AM
| Updated at: 08/21/2013 6:15 PM
A Hibbing man has announced that he will run against Governor Mark Dayton in the fall of 2014.
Rob Farnsworth ran for the 8th District congressional seat in 2010. He dropped out of the race after Chip Cravaack got the republican endorsement, but now Farnsworth said he can help broaden the republican base in Minnesota.
Farnsworth made a trek from Hibbing to the Minnesota State Fair this week to launch his bid for governor.
“The first part of my strategy is announcing before the state fair so I can talk to as many Minnesotans as possible, and the state fair is the only venue that will expose me to over 1 million people,” Farnsworth said.
He said that recognition is needed for a teacher from Hibbing, but once people know about his 15 years of union experience it could help pull in voters that typically avoid republican candidates.
“I can reach out to those 350,000 union members. The Republican Party loses most union members every election and that's not a strategy to win,” Farnsworth said.
His father is retired miner, and Farnsworth said he supports Polymet's proposed mining operation in Hoyt Lakes.
As a teacher he's passionate about education too. Farnsworth said schools should have more funding, but forcing teachers to focus solely on college preparation isn't right for all students.
“I agree with increasing the spending, but that should have to come with some reforms with what's expected of our schools...what's expected of teachers,” Farnsworth said.
Although he ran for Congress, and now governor, Farnsworth said politics is not a career, but a way to make a difference.
“I can't imagine being a career politician, but I would like to see some of the reforms we need,” Farnsworth said.
His next step is to go for the GOP endorsement for governor. Republicans Scott Honour and Jeff Johnson are also in the running for that endorsement.
Democratic Governor Mark Dayton will seek re-election in 2014 as well.