Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announces re-election bid
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is running for a second term in 2022.
What he's saying: The DFL lawmaker highlighted his focus on consumer issues at a Monday afternoon news conference announcing his bid, saying he's running "because the fight for a fair economy is still on."
The big picture: Ellison, a former congressman from Minneapolis who ran for Democratic National Committee chair in 2017, saw his national profile rise after his office took over the prosecution of Derek Chauvin's trial for the murder of George Floyd.
- He was also a top supporter of the failed ballot measure this November to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new public safety division.
State of play: Ellison won his 2018 race over Republican Doug Wardlow by about four percentage points — the most narrow margin of any statewide candidate on the ballot that year.
- Wardlow is running for the GOP nomination again. The Republican primary field includes several other candidates, including former state Rep. Dennis Smith.
What to watch: Expect criminal justice reform and public safety to be top issues on both sides of the aisle.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comment from Ellison during the press conference Monday.
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