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Seifert picks Rep. Myhra as his running mate

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota governor, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, Republicans Updated: February 26, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert picked state Rep. Pam Myhra as his running mate, the Seifert campaign confirmed.

Myhra is a low profile two-term state representative from Burnsville. Solid, not flashy, she is known as a hard worker with conservative credentials.

The pick will give Seifert, of Marshall, a second in command as the campaign stumps across the state for delegates and votes. He is the third gubernatorial candidate to announce a pick for lieutenant governor.

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton tapped his chief of staff Tina Smith, who stepped down from her post this month to go on the campaign trail full time, as his running mate and GOP Sen. Dave Thompson picked fellow Republican Sen. Michelle Benson as his running mate.

Myhra ousted a sitting DFL House member in her first election. In her last election, after new maps were drawn that added Republican areas to her district, she won 54 percent of the vote in a district where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won barely 51 percent of the vote.

Seifert, who was House minority leader when Myhra was recruited to join the House, is expected to formally announce his pick at 10:30 am on Thursday at the state Capitol.

A Seifert campaign source said that she will not run for re-election to the House so that she can campaign with Seifert, who has left open the possibility that he will run in an August primary.

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