A look ahead at 2014 state executive elections in Minnesota
By Greg Janetka
Here's a preview of the statewide offices up for election in 2014:
Incumbent Mark Dayton (D) has served as governor since January 2011. He narrowly won the position, defeating Republican Tom Emmer by a margin of 43.63 percent to 43.21 percent. Dayton announced several months ago that he would seek a second term and Republicans have been lining up for the chance to take him on.
In April, businessman Scott Honour became the first Republican to officially launch a campaign. Since then Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, state Rep. Kurt Zellers, and state Sen. Dave Thompson have all declared their candidacy. Additionally, state Rep. John Kriesel and state Sen. Julie Rosen have shown interest in a possible run. Former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman said he would not seek the governorship.
Yvonne Prettner Solon was elected Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Dayton on November 2, 2010. She is eligible for re-election but has not yet declared her intentions in the race. Additionally, no other candidates have declared.
Secretary of State
Incumbent Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (D) was first elected in 2006 and won re-election in 2010. Although eligible for re-election in 2014, Ritchie said in a June 2013 statement that he will not run for a third term.
Following Ritchie's announcement, a number of candidates threw their hat into the ring. On the Democratic side, this includes former Hennepin County Elections Manager & Attorney Rachel Bohman, state Rep. Debra Hilstrom, and former state Rep. Jeremy Kalin. Additionally, state Reps. Steve Simon, Ryan Winkler, and Roger Reinert are said to be considering jumping in.
When she was sworn into office on January 2, 2007, Attorney General Lori Swanson became the first woman in the state to serve in the position. She is eligible for re-election but has yet to announce her intentions in the race. As of yet no candidates have stepped forward.
Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto was elected in 2006 and narrowly re-elected in 2010. She is eligible but has not yet said if she intends to seek a third term. Randy Gilbert, the former mayor of Long Lake, announced back in April that he would seek the GOP nomination. Gilbert ran for the post in 2010, losing the nod to former state auditor Pat Anderson.
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- The Star Tribune, "Republican Scott Honour jumps into governor's race," April 24, 2013
- Grand Forks Herald, "Ex-lawmaker looks to bridge gap in Minnesota governor run," May 5, 2013
- Minn Post, "Former Speaker Kurt Zellers becomes third Republican to challenge Dayton in 2014," June 24, 2013
- Sun This Week, "Lakeville Sen. Dave Thompson considers run for governor," March 19, 2013
- Real Capitol Review, "Rep. Kriesel: “I would never rule out a run for governor,” November 27, 2012
- Minnesota Public Radio, "Rosen pondering a run for higher office," January 15, 2013
- Star Tribune, "Norm Coleman rules out Senate run, leaves open door to a gubernatorial run," January 9, 2013
- Twitter, "Norm Coleman's Twitter Account - Statuses," March 7, 2013
- Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, "NEWS RELEASE: Secretary of State Ritchie Announces He Will Not Seek Third Term," June 4, 2013
- Minnesota Post, "Candidates break loose on Minnesota Secretary of State race," June 5, 2013
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- Minnesota Attorney General, "Lori Swanson" accessed October 19, 2012
- Minnesota Post, "Randy Gilbert gets out early in GOP bid for state auditor," April 11, 2013