Housley to run for lieutenant governor

State senator, Orono businessman to join busy Republican primary

Sen. Karin Housley
Sen. Karin Housley

Alicia Lebens
Stillwater Gazette

In his first run for political office, Orono businessman Scott Honour has announced that State Senator Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, will be his running mate in his campaign for Minnesota governor.

Housley, a first-term senator representing District 39, was introduced the morning of Saturday, May 31, as Honour’s candidate for lieutenant governor during the Republican Party’s convention in Rochester.

“After this busy legislative session, I was looking at the Republican gubernatorial candidates and seeing who I wanted to support,” Housley said. “When he asked me to run with him, I was already planning on supporting him.”

Honour said during his speech that while he had considered a host of great men and women, he chose Housley because of her “get-things-done” approach.

“What I think is missing in St. Paul is that there aren’t a lot of outsiders. I see a lot of career politicians, people doing the same thing they have done,” Housley said. “Scott and I both have a business background.”

Though he did attend the convention, Honour did not seek his party’s endorsement, and he and Housley will face the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson with running mate Bill Kuisle, in an Aug. 12 primary. Also in the primary will be candidates Marty Seifert with running mate Pam Myhra, and Kurt Zellers with running mate Dean Simpson.

“The Honour campaign has already done a lot of fundraising, and I am tapping into my network,” Housley said. “We have seen a lot of positive support.”