GOP’s Johnson names Rochester farmer Bill Kuisle as Lt. Gov choice

Jeff Johnson, the Hennepin County Commissioner seeking the GOP endorsement for governor, has selected Bill Kuisle as his Lt. Governor running mate.

Kuisle, a Rochester farmer, served in the Legislature 1996-2004 and before that was an Olmsted County commissioner.

Johnson will seek the party endorsement at the state convention in Rochester at the end of the month, competing with Marty Seifert and state Sen. Dave Thompson. Also running are state Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour, who say they’ll compete in the Aug. 12 primary. The primary winner will face DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in November.

When announcing his selection of Kuisle, Johnson said this morning:

“Bill has a deep understanding of state government and vast policy and real world experience. As a husband, father, farmer and small business owner, Bill will help me bring conservative common sense solutions to St. Paul. Having served with him I know Bill will be an excellent lieutenant governor, and I am honored to have him as my running mate.”

Said Kuisle in a statement:

“I’ve shaken my head in disbelief more than a few times while listening to the news back home. Like a lot of rural Minnesotans, I’m fed up with Mark Dayton. Jeff Johnson will beat Dayton and make a great governor, and I am going to work day and night to make sure it happens — starting by winning the endorsement of the Republican Party next weekend in Rochester.”

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