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Continued: More GOP hopefuls prepare to jump into Minnesota governor's race

Honours on Friday announced a campaign finance committee bristling with CEO-types and business leaders. He’s hoping his nonpolitical background will work to his advantage. “I’m not a career politician, which I think is a positive and I think it’s needed,” Honour said.

Zellers may not be talking about his race yet, but he’s taken all the steps to prepare for it, including buying up campaign domain names like zellersforgovernor.com.

Zellers has connections within the state Republican establishment and may have the best name recognition in the potential candidate field. But that high profile cuts both ways.

His budget battle with Dayton sparked a three-week government shutdown in Zellers first year in leadership. His final year as speaker was capped by two divisive constitutional amendments and an election that cost Republicans control of the Legislature. He angered both supporters and opponents of the new Vikings stadium by voting against funding the construction, but allowing the stadium bill to pass anyway.

Thompson, an attorney and former radio show host, has long visited Republican gatherings all over the state and quickly cut a prominent profile among lawmakers when he arrived at the Capitol in 2010.

Hann, a four-term state senator from Eden Prairie who ran for governor in 2010, will decide soon, based in part on the health of his wife, who recently completed cancer treatment. She recently got “a clean bill of health,” Hann said.

Former House Minority Leader Seifert is still weighing his options, saying “I haven’t ruled out running.” The Marshall Republican lost a 2010 GOP gubernatorial endorsement bid, but could restart his old campaign apparatus and tap into the base of support that led him all the way to the 2010 state convention.

 

Staff writers Baird Helgeson and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger contributed to this report.

 

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