A state lawmaker from Mound is joining the rather long list of people who've said they're running for governor.
Osmek – an outspoken fiscal conservative who's been very critical of the Metropolitan Council – says he'll fight for the average Minnesotan "who is sick of the boondoggles," and will fight to make sure taxpayer money is "spent wisely," his website says.
Here's Osmek's campaign announcement video:
Osmek spoke to the Star Tribune before officially announcing his candidacy, with the paper noting he promises to bring "Trump-style" campaigning to the gubernatorial race.
He told the paper President Donald Trump's win shows voters want people "who are direct, and maybe a little more unvarnished" – traits which he's shown in his years at the state Capitol.
“We have to start changing the mentality in St. Paul,” Osmek told the Pioneer Press. "St. Paul doesn’t always know what’s best.”
Osmek told the Star Tribune he's seeking the GOP's endorsement, adding that he'll leave the race if he doesn't get it.
Who else is running?
Gov. Mark Dayton's decision to not seek re-election in 2018 leaves the field wide open.
And so far, more than a dozen people have said they're running, according to MinnPost's "Who's Running" list.
Among some of the notable Republicans: Former GOP Chair Keith Downey, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman, and State Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood.
For a full list of candidates, click here.