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Corporate executive Gary Meyer has filed to in the Eagan House district currently held by GOP Rep. Diane Anderson.

Third DFLer registers to run in HD38A

A third DFLer has joined the crowded field looking to make a run for the party’s endorsement and take on GOP Rep. Diane Anderson in Eagan’s House District 38A this fall.

Corporate financial executive Gary Meyer is the third Democrat to file for the seat. He joins a field already occupied by attorney and Eagan City Council member Gary Hansen and former DFL Rep. Sandra Masin.

The currently unfolding redistricting process has left the suburban House district’s boundaries unclear for the time being, but Meyer says he intends to run in whatever district he’s drawn into and will abide by the party’s endorsement.

“To me the party needs to win,” Meyer said. “The Republicans won by the absence of Democrats voting in the last election.”

The 63-year-old Meyer is a longtime Eagan resident and has lived in the city for nearly three decades. He’s a corporate financial executive for a water bottle manufacturing company, a role he’s played for more than 25 years. He’s also spent 10 years as a certified public accountant.

“I’ve been working with Republicans all my life,” he said. “My themes are: move forward, and not move left or right, and that we need to live within our means.”

He’s already held a fundraiser and is in the process of developing campaign materials and a caucus strategy, he said.

Meyer’s entry into the race — paired with Hansen and Masin’s running — sets up a potentially spirited battle for the party’s nomination in a suburban swing district that Republicans swept on their way to reclaiming majorities at the Capitol in 2010.

How the district’s lines are drawn will play no small role in the ultimate shape of the contest — Hansen, for example, currently lives on the 38B side, but registered in 38A. Masin, for her part, represented 38A before losing a re-election bid to Anderson in 2010 by about 800 votes after defeating the Republican by 1,000 votes two years earlier.

House District 38B and Senate District 38 have also drawn the attention of DFLers looking to make a run for the statehouse.


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