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Walz launches reelection campaign in Minnesota

Steve Karnowski
Updated: October 19, 2021 10:39 PM
Created: October 19, 2021 09:06 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota's Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has launched his campaign for a second term in an increasingly divided state, saying he made the tough calls necessary to beat back the COVID-19 pandemic and revive the economy.

The former high school football coach made the announcement in a YouTube video posted Tuesday that shows him standing on a football field.

Governor Tim Walz released the following statement; 

“It has been an honor to serve as your governor. During the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, I’ve seen Minnesotans from all walks of life come together in order to fight the virus, save lives and get our state on the path to recovery. We’re not done yet, but Peggy and I are excited to continue that fight with you. 

I’ve dedicated my life to public service. Whether in the classroom, as a football coach, in the National Guard, or as governor, the mission has always been the same; to lead with compassion and look out for those who are too often left behind. 

As we rebuild, we must continue fighting for all Minnesotans and work to ensure every child in Minnesota receives a world-class education, that there are good-paying jobs in every corner of the state, and that every family has the opportunity to succeed. That’s why we’re running for re-election. To keep moving Minnesota forward for everyone and striving towards our vision of One Minnesota.”

The former congressman won office in 2018 on a theme of “One Minnesota,” a slogan he’s using again for 2022. But the fissures in Minnesotan politics have grown deeper since then, mostly over disagreements over his management of the pandemic, as well as the unrest and spike in crime that followed the death of George Floyd.

Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan released the following statement;

“Tim and I have worked every day to keep the promises we made to Minnesotans, and despite the challenges we faced over the last two years, we were able to provide historic investments in education, prioritize the well-being of children and families, and we made Minnesota one of the best states in the country to raise a family. All while leading the region in our COVID-19 response and economic recovery. 

But our work is just beginning. We are running for re-election to continue to make Minnesota a great place to live for everyone; Black, white, brown, and Indigenous, to strive to be a more equitable state, and to give families like the one I grew up in a fighting chance. We are just getting started.”

According to the campaign, in their first term, Walz and Flanagan prioritized investing in children and families, infrastructure, education, jobs, and have trusted the science in order to save lives and get Minnesota’s economy on the path to recovery. 

The Walz-Flanagan campaign team will be hitting the road to participate in a backyard conversation series across Minnesota. 

RELATED: 2022 Minnesota Governor candidates

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