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Dave Olson, Published May 04 2010

GOP hopefuls make campaign stop in Moorhead

Newly endorsed by their party, five Republican candidates for state office took their message of smaller government around Minnesota, including Moorhead, on Monday.

“This is a team, but more importantly, this is about a wave that is rising in this state and all across the country,” said Tom Emmer, candidate for governor.

With him were Annette Meeks, candidate for lieutenant governor; Pat Anderson, who is running for state auditor; Dan Severson, candidate for secretary of state; and Chris Barden, who is running to be attorney general.

“Government isn’t listening. We want government to work for us again,” Emmer told a group of supporters who greeted him at Moorhead’s municipal airport.

Meeks said people in outstate Minnesota should get used to the idea of campaign visits from the five.

“You’re going to see us here until you’re sick of us,” she said.

Barden said his plan was to “stop a 40-year slide of one-party rule” in the attorney general’s office, referring to Democratic dominance of that office in recent decades.

Severson said if he is elected secretary of state, the first thing he will do is push for a requirement that people show a photo ID at the polls before they can vote.

Also Monday, Leslie Davis, a GOP gubernatorial candidate who sought but failed to receive his party’s endorsement at its state convention last weekend, announced he will enter the Aug. 10 Republican party primary election.

“I will not sit by idly while the endorsed Republican Party candidate for governor, Tom Emmer, and his cohorts … further the financial destruction of Minnesota and America,” Davis said in a written statement.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555