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Former Minnesota House speaker will run for governor

Former Minnesota House speaker will run for governor

Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers is ready to announce his 2014 plans, with signs pointing to a run for Minnesota governor.

Zellers scheduled a Sunday event in his home city of Maple Grove. But "Zellers for Governor" Internet domains were reserved Tuesday, and registration details tie directly to him.

He would be seeking the GOP nod to challenge Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Zellers led the House for two years. But he slid from power when his GOP caucus lost its majority to Democrats in the 2012 election.

The 43-year-old North Dakota native has long been involved in Minnesota politics. He got his start as an aide to U.S. Sen. Rod Grams and later was the top communications aid for Minnesota House Republicans. Zellers stepped out on his own in 2003 when he won a legislative seat in a fast-growing suburban area west of Minneapolis. He climbed the GOP ranks to become minority leader in 2009, which positioned him to be speaker when Republicans won the chamber.

Zellers didn't immediately respond to a request for further comment on Thursday.

Read more at the Associated Press.

 

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