Republican state Sen. Scott Newman is aiming to take on Democratic Attorney General Lori Swanson, he announced Thursday.
In a release sharing his campaign news, which had long been peculating, he immediately went after the state's two-term chief attorney.
"I am looking to change the atmosphere and approach of the Attorney General’s Office to be one of enforcing our laws and defending our state, rather than protecting a particular party platform and furthering its goals,” said in a statement.
He noted that the last Republican Attorney General -- Doug Head -- was elected in 1966.
It has also been a generation since a Minnesota Republican ousted an incumbent Democrat in a statewide race.
Newman will be up for GOP endorsement at the Friday start of the party's convention.
Update: His campaign told the Politics.MN blog that he is planning on renewing his inactive law license this summer.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
Interest groups spent less slightly money lobbying state government in 2015 than in the previous year, according to a report released Wednesday by the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.
Ken Martin and Keith Downey, the DFL and Republican state party chairs, respectively, said they expect a big turnout that could rival the record showing of 2008, when 220,000 Minnesotans turned out for the DFL caucuses and 65,000 on the Republican side.