A former police officer holding the governorship of Minnesota is promising to restore law and order, which he says has eroded the state’s current leadership.
Lexington Republican Mayor Mike Murphy said his campaign was largely inspired by the Minnesota riots that erupted after the assassination of George Floyd while Minneapolis was in police custody last summer.
“We need to get Minnesota back on track. And as someone with law enforcement experience, mayoral experience and small business experience, I think I’m the best candidate to win this election.” Mr Murphy, 37, said in an interview.
Minneapolis became the epicenter of the Black Lives Peas Movement, which culminated in calls for police reform, some of which extended calls to stop law enforcement altogether.
Mr Murphy said he was campaigning to end the idea, instead of encouraging officers to stay in the local police force and bringing the Manipolis Police Department back to full capacity.
The candidate said that making sure that the support for the police starts with raising voices, and cracking down on violent criminals, he thinks the courts have been treated very leniently.
“We have to tell the criminals that you will be in jail,” Mr Murphy said. “No more looting. We will retaliate. We are going to follow you.”
But, Mr Murphy’s hard-line conservatism can go a long way to winning voters in the liberal areas of the Twin Cities, where most of the state’s voters live.
The candidate faces a handful of other Republican candidates, most of whom currently hold seats in the state legislature.
Democratic Gov. Tim Wallace has not yet announced his bid for re-election, but has expressed interest in running for a second term.
Andrew Karch, a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota, said that although the state has a reputation for being a liberal stronghold, it has a purple line that is not widely visible.
“Minnesota, because of the presidential election results, is portrayed as very blue, when in fact, it’s a much more competitive state,” Mr Carch said. “You don’t have to go far behind Republicans to win statewide elections.”
Mr Carch said Mr Murphy’s law enforcement measures had the potential to appeal to certain voting figures, while others were likely to be embarrassed.
As the race progresses in 2022, the debate over policing is likely to be a major issue.
“This is a relevant issue in the state,” Mr. Karch said, referring to the upcoming ballot in Minneapolis, which affects police reform.
Mr Murphy disagreed with claims that there were major issues between law enforcement and the black community, but said he wanted to improve community policing for better civic relations.
“It all starts with community policing, but you have to fund community policing,” Mr Murphy said. “While you are shouting and defending police departments like Manipolis and St. Paul, you cannot use that funding to create community policing.”
Republicans also noted that he did not have a relationship with Mr. Walls, alleging that the governor did not respond to requests. Lexington The authorities have made it for their city.
“Right now, I have nothing to do with Governor Walls. He doesn’t respond to my emails. He doesn’t respond to media requests I have,” Mr Murphy said. “He is an absentee governor.”
Mr. Wallace’s office did not respond to requests for comment from Mr. Murphy’s claim or candidate.
The primary choice for the Minnesota governorship is August 9, 2022.
The general election will be held on November 8, 2022.