Another Democrat has announced she's running for governor

That brings the total to five Democratic candidates.
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Now there are five Democrats who've said they're running for governor.

Tina Liebling, a state representative who's served the Rochester area since 2005, announced the news Sunday. She's confident she'll be able to win over voters in greater Minnesota.

"I don't think we have to be Republicans to get elected in rural Minnesota," Liebling said, according to MPR News. "People in rural Minnesota are diverse, too. We shouldn't think and pretend that they're all the same. I think that there's a lot of opportunity there because people want change."

Liebling – who has been known as a "policy wonk," according to the Pioneer Press – details many of her policies on her campaign website. They range from legalizing marijuana to a fair tax system and protecting the environment.

Who else is running?

Liebling is the second Democrat from southern Minnesota to announce a run for governor. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Mankato said last week he'd be running. They join three other candidates from the Twin Cities on the Democratic ticket: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Rep. Erin Murphy of St. Paul, and state Auditor Rebecca Otto.

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan also said he’s considering it.

As for Republicans, it’s still pretty up in the air: State Sen. David Osmek,Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and several others have said they’re thinking about it. House Speaker Kurt Daudt is also a potential candidate.

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