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“My advice to someone seeking a second term is to think as if you are running the first time,” Moe said. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Why am I running? How do I put this to the public? What do I plan to do if I get there?’ If you are planning major new initiatives, you have some responsibility to put them out there so that people know what to expect from you, and so that if you’re elected, you have a mandate to pursue them.” If you’ve already enacted major initiatives, you should know that in a second term, their implementation becomes a top priority.
Minnesota elected officials are not term-limited. But Moe’s advice seems apt for a second-term-seeking governor, too.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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