BLAINE, MINN (WCCO) — State Sen. Michelle Benson, who has been a frequent critic of Gov. Tim Walz’s pandemic response, has announced her campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge him next November. If elected, she would become the first woman governor in Minnesota.
“Minnesota should be a place where dreams can grow. Where families succeed. It will be hard work, but together, we can make Minnesota safer, better, and stronger,” Benson said in a statement.
She will make her formal announcement Wednesday morning in Blaine.
Benson is the latest to jump into the race, following three others: Scott Jensen, a physician and former state senator; Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy; and Neil Shah, who is also a doctor.
The Ham Lake Republican is serving her fourth term in the Minnesota Senate and chairs a key health policy committee in the GOP-controlled…