Seifert becomes first GOP gubernatorial candidate to visit all 87 counties
July 9, 2014 — 4:46pm
Republican Marty Seifert on Wednesday became the first Minnesota gubernatorial candidate to visit all of Minnesota's 87 counties.
Seifert completed the tour in northeastern Minnesota's Carlton County. Seifert, a former House Minority Leader in the state Legislature, pledged to span the state when he announced his candidacy in late 2013. He faces Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, former House Speaker Rep. Kurt Zellers and businessman Scott Honour in a four-way primary Aug. 12 for the nomination to run against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Seifert and his running mate, Rep. Pam Myhra, said they will continue to campaign across the state.
"From agriculture and energy in the south and west to mining and job creating in the north, transportation priorities in the metro, and health care costs statewide, Minnesotans are ready for a new leader with ideas, experience and vision to take the state's future in the right direction," Seifert said in a statement.
Amid reports that Donald Trump was in danger of not getting on Minnesota's presidential ballot, the Trump campaign says everything is in order and voters will have a chance to cast their ballot for him in November.
The relatively late entry into the contest is a signal that Seifert, a veteran political strategist and tactician, believes the candidates who have been running for months have yet to lock down Republicans' support.