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2014 governor's race

Jul 25, 2014

Primary looming, Zellers touts ’11 budget fight

Kurt Zellers touts the pragmatism he learned as a North Dakota farm boy, defends his leadership record in the Legislature, and, as befits any Republican girding for an intramural brawl, emphasizes his conservative credentials.

Jun 1, 2014

Johnson gets GOP endorsement for governor on fourth ballot

The party nod sets the stage for a four-way primary in August, making for what is expected to become the most hotly contest race for the party’s gubernatorial nomination in decades.

Nov 22, 2013

Marty 2.0: Seifert joins governor’s race

For his encore, Marty Seifert doesn’t want to talk as much about politics. The former Republican House minority leader launched his second bid for the governor’s office on Thursday, more than three years after activists denied him endorsement in the 2010 race. At kickoff events, he highlighted his work with the Avera Marshall Foundation and selling real estate in the years since that failed ca[...]

Nov 21, 2013

It’s official: Marty Seifert launches second bid for governor’s office

Seifert, who lost the GOP endorsement to run for governor in 2010, announced his campaign for the office in his hometown of Marshall Thursday morning before starting on a 13-city tour that included stops in St. Paul and Mankato. He highlighted his work with the Avera Marshall Foundation in the years since he left the Legislature, while at the same time rolling out a detailed five-point plan to cut[...]

Aug 28, 2013

Zellers campaign: the guy next door as governor

After rising to speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives in the wake of the 2010 election, Rep. Kurt Zellers was stung two years later by his caucus’s demotion to minority status. The Republican from Maple Grove struck an unassuming profile at the Capitol this past spring.

Aug 22, 2013

Governor, Senate races get new GOP entrants

The Republican fields for the 2014 governor and U.S. Senate races continued to expand this week. St. Louis County Board Chair Chris Dahlberg announced he’s running for Senate. And another Northlander, Rob Farnsworth, a special education teacher from Hibbing, got into the governor’s race.

Aug 21, 2013

Honour brings his business success, outsider perspective

Political newcomer Scott Honour back in April became the first Republican candidate to make official his entry into the race to challenge DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in next year’s general election. He has since been joined by three other GOP challengers, all of whom have served in the Legislature.

Aug 1, 2013

Governor candidates test campaign themes in first GOP debate

Republican candidates Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner, Orono businessman Scott Honour, state Sen. Dave Thompson and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers gathered in front of about 150 Republicans packed into the Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View Thursday night. While the candidates’ positions on issues rarely diverged significantly, each one spent the night testing out campaign sloga[...]

Jul 23, 2013

Governor’s race 2014: Johnson talks endorsement, money and winning over moderates

Capitol Report chatted with Johnson about his message on the stump, which he believes will appeal to the GOP base and more moderate Minnesotans, and how he plans to stand out in a growing field for governor.

Jul 19, 2013

GOP 2014: No endorsement, no problem?

The first Republican to launch a campaign for Minnesota governor in 2014 immediately changed the dynamics for all other candidates who would follow him. In April, Orono businessman Scott Honour became the first candidate openly seeking the office, promising to bring an outsider’s perspective to the job.

Jul 5, 2013

David Hann won’t run for governor in 2014

Hann, a four-term senator from Eden Prairie, issued a news release on Friday afternoon pulling his name from the possible field of candidates, saying he wants to focus on his job as minority leader in the upper chamber.

Jul 2, 2013

GOP Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen considering a run for governor

Ingebrigtsen, first elected to his Alexandria-area Senate seat in 2006, says he's been getting encouragement from supporters to run for the state's highest office and plans to make his decision final in "a month or a month and a half." He would join a growing field of GOP candidates seeking the office, including Rep. Kurt Zellers, Sen. Dave Thompson, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and O[...]

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