Jim Schultz, a self-described political outsider who has never held elected office, announced Thursday that he’s seeking the GOP endorsement to take on Attorney General Keith Ellison in next year’s election.
The Harvard Law School graduate took aim at Ellison’s anti-police rhetoric and support for the failed proposal to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department.
“For 50 years, Democrats have owned the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, and what’s it got us?” Schultz said in his announcement video. “Due to the dereliction of duty of elected officials like Keith Ellison, our state burned and people lost their livelihoods, and their lives.”
I’m Jim Schultz & I’m running for Minnesota Attorney General as a public servant, not a politician, to ensure public safety & to protect Minnesota families, communities, & small businesses.
— Jim Schultz for Minnesota Attorney General (@JimForMN) December 9, 2021
Schultz practices law in the private sector and previously worked at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. A native of South Haven, Minnesota, Schultz lives with his wife and three kids in the west metro and attends Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park. He also serves on the board of the Front Line Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the families of fallen first responders, and was a member of the Hennepin County Capital Budget task force.
“Minnesotans deserve better from their leaders. I’m running for attorney general as a public servant, not a politician, to ensure public safety and to protect Minnesota families, communities, and small businesses,” Schultz added.
Schultz is the fourth candidate to enter the race on the GOP side, joining Dennis Smith, Lynne Torgerson, and Doug Wardlow, who was narrowly defeated by Ellison in 2018.