Attorney and voting rights advocate Kim Crockett announced her campaign for Minnesota secretary of state Thursday morning, vowing to “restore confidence in Minnesota’s elections.”
Crockett is a frequent critic of Minnesota’s current secretary of state, Democrat Steve Simon, and has written several articles exposing Democratic efforts to manipulate election laws in their favor.
“Republicans focus on campaigns but Democrats focus on elections,” she said during a September event hosted by Alpha News.
Currently a legal policy advisor to the Minnesota Voters Alliance, Crockett said she would bring a “strong business background as a corporate attorney” and policy expertise from her time at various think tanks to the secretary of state’s office.
“Today citizens across the political spectrum are questioning election results, and asking a lot of questions about how we vote and how the vote is counted. After the 2016 race, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar raised serious concerns about voting equipment. The election of 2020 brought new challenges with health concerns that resulted in a massive increase in absentee voting. Citizens are asking good questions and they deserve a respectful hearing, especially in Minnesota where elections are often very close. Unanswered doubts divide us, robbing us all of the confidence we need to accept election results and focus on governing,” Crockett said in a statement.
In addition to election integrity, Crockett said she would focus on simplifying the process for establishing a new business and advocate for small businesses if elected.
“As your Secretary of State, I will work to restore confidence in Minnesota’s elections by enforcing the laws on the books, and working with the legislature and election officials across the state to upgrade our approach to elections,” she concluded. “The Office of the Secretary of State should not be a partisan operation, and the administration of elections should not favor one party over another. Voting rules should be easy to understand and ballot security should be treated as a sacred duty.”