In announcing his 40 years of experience in law enforcement and the desire to "uphold the law and defend the rights of my fellow citizens," former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek launched an effort to run for Minnesota governor. Continue reading to know about Rich Stanek’s governor race.
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Self-described as a "lifelong conservative" Stanek joins a crowded field of Republican hopefuls, which already includes ex-Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, State Senator Michelle Benson, former State Senator Dr. Scott Jensen, and businessmen Kendall Qualls and Neil Shah as well as other candidates. The current DFL Governor Tim Walz is seeking re-election.
In a political video that was uploaded to YouTube, Stanek accuses Democrats of waging an "all-out conflict" on law enforcement agencies as footage of looting and burning in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd plays.
Rich Stanek served as a street police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department for decades before he ran for state legislators during his five years. In 2006, he became the Hennepin County Sheriff in a position he held for 12 years before being removed by the running mate David Hutchinson.
He is currently a consultant with Public Safety Strategies Group, which he founded with his co-founders.
Alongside his focus on safety for the public, Stanek promises he will protect the process of voting to boost employment and boost the economy "preserve that Second Amendment" and bring an end to COVID-related lockdowns as well mandates.
Stanek filed a lawsuit against an ex- FBI agent, who was accused of punching his face and was later awarded $600,000 by the Texas jury.