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Minnesota state executive official elections, 2014

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Five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Minnesota.

Minnesota is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in Minnesota:

Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Governor Mark Dayton
Mark Dayton.jpg
2011 Yes[4]
Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon
2011 Undeclared
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie
Mark Ritchie 1.jpg
2007 No[5]
Attorney General Lori Swanson
Lori Swanson.jpg
2007 Undeclared
State Auditor Rebecca Otto
Rebecca Otto.jpg
2007 Yes


Potential Democratic candidates

Potential Republican candidates


Lieutenant Governor

Democratic Party Yvonne Prettner Solon - incumbent - Not running for re-election[18]

Attorney General

Potential candidates

Secretary of State

Potential Candidates


Down Ballot

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
State Auditor Rebecca Otto
Rebecca Otto.jpg
2007 Yes

Deadline Event
November 4 General election

See also



  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. The Associated Press, "Amid turbulent session, Gov. Mark Dayton looks to re-election," March 31, 2013
  5. 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
  6. The Associated Press, "Amid turbulent session, Gov. Mark Dayton looks to re-election," March 31, 2013
  7. The Star Tribune, "Republican Scott Honour jumps into governor's race," April 24, 2013
  8. Grand Forks Herald, "Ex-lawmaker looks to bridge gap in Minnesota governor run," May 5, 2013
  9. Minn Post, "Former Speaker Kurt Zellers becomes third Republican to challenge Dayton in 2014," June 24, 2013
  10., "Dave Thompson's run for Minnesota governor formally announced," June 26, 2013
  11. Sun This Week, "Lakeville Sen. Dave Thompson considers run for governor," March 19, 2013
  12. Real Capitol Review, "Rep. Kriesel: “I would never rule out a run for governor,” November 27, 2012
  13. Minnesota Public Radio, "Rosen pondering a run for higher office," January 15, 2013
  14. Star-Tribune, "Seifert, newest GOP entrant in Minnesota governor's race, taking 2nd shot at elusive office," November 21, 2013
  15. Minn Post, "Marty Seifert will seek GOP endorsement for governor," November 12, 2013
  16. Star Tribune, "Norm Coleman rules out Senate run, leaves open door to a gubernatorial run," January 9, 2013
  17. Twitter, "Norm Coleman's Twitter Account - Statuses," March 7, 2013
  18. The office of the governor blog, Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon Announces She Will Not Seek Re-election, January 14, 2014
  19. Star Tribune, Former GOP Sen. Howe launches bid for Minnesota secretary of state after other candidate drops, March 11, 2014
  20. Owatonna People's Press, DFL Secretary of State candidates make stop in Owatonna, August 18, 2013
  21. Win with Nguyen, About Dennis, accessed December 23, 2013