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Rukavina to run for St. Louis County commissioner

  • Associated Press
  • May 19, 2014 - 5:37 PM

VIRGINIA, Minn. — Former state Rep. Tom Rukavina is coming out of political retirement.

Rukavina said Monday he plans to run for an open seat on the St. Louis County Commission.

Rukavina represented part of the heavily Democratic Iron Range in the Minnesota House for 26 years. The colorful lawmaker known for his impassioned speeches announced after the 2012 legislative session that he would not seek re-election.

Since then he has served as a part-time northern Minnesota aide to U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

In a news release, Rukavina said his government experience would benefit constituents.

The Mesabi Daily News (http://bit.ly/1nfdUsa ) reports two other candidates have announced plans to run for the seat. A primary would be held Aug. 12, with the general election Nov. 4.

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