Minnesota Senate leader Hann decides against GOP governor race

  • Updated: July 5, 2013 - 12:33 PM
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Assistant Majority Leader David W. Hann

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Republican leader of the Minnesota Senate is not running for governor next year.

Sen. David Hann of Eden Prairie says Friday he's not joining the growing field of Republicans in the 2014 race. Hann says he decided his job as the Senate minority leader deserves full attention.

Hann unsuccessfully sought the GOP nomination for governor in 2010 and was seen as a possible contender as Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton seeks reelection next year.

Republicans already in the race are businessman Scott Honour, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former House Speaker Kurt Zellers and state Sen. Dave Thompson. Several others are still eyeing the race as well.

Hann says he wants to help House Republicans regain a majority in 2014 and work toward a new Senate Republican majority in 2016.

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