The rise in violence and property crime in the Twin Cities is Minnesota’s “number one” problem. So says Republican State Senator and candidate for governor Paul Gazelka of Gull Lake.

“The rampant crime problem today has created a sense of dread among a large number of Minnesotans who previously thought their neighborhoods, schools and workplace, local stores and public spaces were safe.”

Gazelka says it’s not just a metro problem–but is a state problem. He’s proposing legislative reforms that aim to introduce minimum sentencing for carjackings and repeat offenders of crimes with a firearm. And he’s proposing funding hiring bonuses for police officers in high-crime areas.