Skip to main content

GOP businessman Scott Honour joins governor's race

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Wayzata businessman Scott Honour announced Wednesday that he's running for governor as a Republican in 2014, MPR reports.

"I'm worried Minnesota is headed in the wrong direction with the wrong leadership," Honour says in a video, where he emphasizes the need for job growth in Minnesota.

Honour also filed paperwork with the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board Wednesday, listing Brian Clark as his campaign chair and former state Sen. Ted Daley as his campaign treasurer.

He's the first Republican candidate to officially announce his intentions, the Pioneer Press reports. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he’ll run for re-election next year.

Honour returned to Minnesota last year after serving as senior managing director of the Gores Group, an international investment firm, and has been considering a gubernatorial bid for months, according to Politics in Minnesota.

MPR reports Honour is best known in Minnesota politics for hosting a high dollar, private fundraised for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012.

Honour also co-hosted a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last month.

The businessman has appeared at several Republican events lately, the Star Tribune reports. In the last two years, Honour contributed about $90,000 to federal Republican causes and candidates.

Other potential Republican candidates include: Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville; Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner and Republican National Committee member; Senate Minority Leader David Hann; former House Speaker Kurt Zellers; Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek; state Sen. Julie Rosen and Minneapolis attorney Ron Schutz.

Alliance for a Better Minnesota, an outside group that works to elect Democrats, was quick to criticize Honour.

"Surprise, surprise the first GOP candidate for MN Governor is a corporate CEO with mega-millions. He lives in a mansion on Lake Minnetonka. Not surprising: He's wrong for Minnesota," the group said on their Facebook page.

Carrie Lucking is the executive director of ABM.

Next Up

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 9.56.21 AM

Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise

“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.

Kris Richard Severin

Inmate who escaped Minnesota prison is captured

The inmate escaped Wednesday morning.

Brave New Comedy Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Brave New Workshop cancels shows due to COVID-19 cases

The shows were scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre.

Austin Retterath

Body of missing U of M student found in Mississippi River

Austin Retterath was last seen alive in the morning hours of May 8.

"Love" mural seen in St. Paul.

Summer mural events to bring together community, shine light on MN artists

The 2022 Chroma Zone Mural & Art Festival will take place this weekend in St. Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, with ensuing events happening this summer.

14869-Manitou-Road-NE-Prior-Lake-MN-55372-6110268-image37

Gallery: Remodeled lakeside home in Prior Lake on market for $2.8M

It offers privacy at the end of a dead-end road fronting onto Lower Prior Lake.

golden valley police department

Carjacking outside ice arena in Golden Valley under investigation

Golden Valley PD confirmed it received a report of a carjacking Monday evening.

Growlers

Signs that MN Legislature could move to loosen liquor laws

A provision was approved by a legislature committee on Thursday but still awaits a final decision from the House and Senate.

US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium looking to hire 400 part-time workers

A hiring fair will be held for the positions.

Related