By MOHAMED IBRAHIM – Associated Press/Report for America
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota scientist and entrepreneur Hugh McTavish announced his candidacy for governor as the third-party candidate on Thursday, citing division in state government and what he called poor management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
McTavish, author and inventor, founded the pharmaceutical companies Squarex and IGF Oncology, which are developing a topical drug to prevent cold sores and a targeted drug for the treatment of cancer, respectively. He is running as a candidate for the Independence-Alliance Party – the same party of former wrestler Jesse Ventura that caused a historic upset from Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Skip Humphrey in the 1998 gubernatorial race.
“In today’s election the candidates seek to win by dividing us and appealing to anger and fear and then after winning they impose their policies on us and those policies are chosen by the financial interests that funded their campaign,” he told reporters at a news conference. conference. “Not me. I’m running to unite us, not divide us, and after I win, I’ll let all of us, the people, choose our policies.
People also read…
McTavish said as governor he would implement a system resembling jury duty in which 1,000 randomly selected Minnesotans would be chosen to decide whether to sign or veto bills sent to his office by the Legislative Assembly and make regulatory decisions. He denounced the shutdowns imposed by Democratic Gov. Tim Walz to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the pandemic, saying they have done more to harm people’s mental health and children’s education than to promote the public health and safety.
McTavish is the author of a book called ‘COVID Lockdown Insanity’, in which he claims the lockdowns have led to major depression among tens of millions of Americans and that mask-wearing has had a negligible effect on prevention virus cases and deaths, among other allegations.
He joins former broadcaster Cory Hepola as a third-party candidate who could be a spoiler for Walz or the eventual Republican nominee in the gubernatorial race in November.
The Independence-Alliance Party does not have major party status, so its candidates must collect 2,000 signatures from people stating that they will not vote in a major party primary. McTavish said he is a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the ballot access process, calling it a burden.
Mohamed Ibrahim is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues.
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.