See more of the story Editor's note: Here are profiles of five leading Republican candidates running for governor in Minnesota in 2022. Paul Gazelka hopes tough-on-crime focus gives him an edge in governor's race The four-term senator is one of more than a half dozen candidates vying for the GOP nod to take on Gov. Tim Walz. Scott Jensen charts path to GOP frontrunner status in governor's race via Trump playbook Latest chapter of a life surrounded by Minnesota politics includes COVID-19 skepticism criticized as dangerous. Kendall Qualls banks on outsider status in Republican bid for governor Qualls launched his campaign in January in an interview on "Fox & Friends." Since then, much of his campaign's messaging has mirrored conservative grievances about rising crime, economic woes and social issues. Republican Neil Shah sells his outsider status in bid for Minn. governor The dermatologist from North Oaks has a few weeks left to win over GOP delegates in a crowded endorsement race. Rich Stanek looks to law enforcement record for breakaway in Minnesota GOP governor field The former Hennepin County sheriff is among a half dozen candidates vying for the party's nomination.