Tim Walz launches campaign for second term as Minnesota governor
Governor faces pushback over COVID response as he makes bid for 2nd term
October 20, 2021
Tim Walz launched on Tuesday his campaign for a second term as Minnesota governor, leaning into his administration's response to COVID-19 and focusing his messaging on rebuilding the state from the pandemic's toll.
The Democrat will seek re-election next fall alongside Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, after an unprecedented first term dominated by the virus and civil unrest that erupted following George Floyd's killing in May 2020.
"The fight's not over but we've got the ball back," Walz said in a video release Tuesday, clutching a football. "We're on offense and we're making progress. But the same people who blocked us are trying to take us backward."