Jan 9, 2022 - Politics

Kendall Qualls announces run for Minnesota governor

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Kendall Qualls. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Former congressional candidate Kendall Qualls is running for Minnesota governor.

State of play: Qualls joins a full field of Republicans vying to take on DFL Gov. Tim Walz in November.

What he's saying: In a statement released Sunday, Qualls described a state at a "crossroads," saying "the radical left has morphed the culture of the country where it is not recognizable."

  • "We are not going to be the generation that lost the America that we have known and loved," he said.

Bio in brief: Qualls, an Army veteran and former executive at medical device and pharmaceutical companies, lost to DFL Rep. Dean Phillips in the suburban 3rd Congressional District in 2020.

  • He went on to found a new organization, TakeCharge MN, to "[counter] the prevailing narrative in popular culture that America is structured to undermine the lives of Black Americans." 

Between the lines: A GOP candidate hasn't won statewide office in Minnesota since 2006.

What to watch: Minnesota Republican Party delegates will gather in May to endorse a candidate.

  • The head start other candidates have had in courting delegates could be a challenge for Qualls.
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