Seifert makes campaign stop in Willmar
WILLMAR –– There are four Republican candidates running for governor but so far only one has made a campaign stop in Willmar following the GOP’s endorsing convention last weekend.
During an early Wednesday morning stop at the Willmar airport, Marty Seifert, a former state representative from Marshall, said taking the time and having the “hustle” to visit rural Minnesota communities is one thing that sets him apart from the other Republican candidates.
Seifert, who touts his rural credentials, said his three Republican opponents “all live in western Hennepin County and they’re generally cut from the same cloth.”
Seifert said voters in the Aug. 12 primary will select the candidate they think can beat Gov. Mark Dayton in November.
“The person that hustles the most tends to be rewarded by the voters for their work ethic, because Minnesota is a very hard-working state,” said Seifert, who said he’ll be in more Minnesota communities this week than the other three candidates combined.
Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson received the GOP party endorsement for governor. Businessman Scott Honour and former Speaker Kurt Zellers bypassed the endorsing convention and are also running in the primary.
Seifert said Dayton is vulnerable because of his action on taxes, spending, health care and stadium issues.
If elected, Seifert said he would create a budget that “reflects the values” of the state and he ould focus on healthcare, taxes, equitable funding for education, increased academic instruction time in schools and more school choice options.