MN GOP Candidates Forum in New Hope By Michael McIntee | September 14, 2017 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Minnesota Subscribe to Minnesota Follow this author Jeff Johnson speaks as Phillip Parrish, Dave Osmek and Keith Downey look on. All four are seeking the Republican Party endorsement for Minnesota governor. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota (RLCMN) held one of the first Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Forum of the 2018 election Thursday in New Hope. Watch the entire 2 hour 12 minute event on The UpTake’s video playback. The following 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Candidates participated: Keith Downey Jeff Johnson Phillip Parrish Dave Osmek Matt Dean was also invited but was not able to attend because of a prior commitment. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.