State Sen. Paul Gazelka announces run for Minnesota governor

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka

Minnesota state Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-East Gull Lake) announced his candidacy for governor Wednesday. 

Last week Gazelka announced he would be resigning as Senate majority leader. He formally announced his campaign at an event at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Gazelka faces a crowded field for the GOP primary. Already in the race include state Sen. Michelle Benson, former state Sen. Scott Jensen, dermatologist Neil Shah, businessman Mike Marti, and Lexington Mayor Mike Murphy.

Gov. Tim Walz has not yet formally announced whether he will run for re-election.