Brainerd Lakes area Senator Paul Gazelka, Republican running for governor says:

“Without a doubt, people do not feel safe right now — and I blame, and put that blame on, Governor Tim Walz and the mayors of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.”

G-O-P rival, Ham Lake Senator Michelle Benson says in her travels across the state, she hears from families who “no longer feel safe in their communities and don’t believe the Governor is doing anything to help” and “from law enforcement who feel the Governor doesn’t have their back.”