AUDIO: Johnson visits St. Cloud

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Jul 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI)  One of the four Republican candidates for Minnesota governor made a campaign stop in St. Cloud Monday.

Jeff Johnson is a Detroit Lakes native, currrent Hennepin County commissioner, and former state representative. He says job creation will be a common them throughout his campaign. He says an annual study by the Kauffman Foundation shows Minnesota ranked 50th in the country last year in new business startups.

Johnson says that ranking came before this year's legislative session, which he says "will probably make things even worse."

Johnson says one of the main reasons he got into the race was to address the growing size orf state government and the amount of money it spends. In Johnson's words, "there seems to be a heavy focus on how to get more money into government from taxpayers, and how to bring more power to government, as oppposed to taking what we already have and making it work better for people."

Johnson says there needs to be a "different focus from leadership in St. Paul."

Johnson is one of four Republicans looking to unseat Governor Mark Dayton. The others are former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Lakeville State Senator Dave Thompson and businessman Scott Honour. 

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