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Forum News Service, Published October 22 2013

Republican Marty Seifert thinks about run for Minnesota governor

ST. PAUL - Former state Rep. Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, said he is thinking about running for governor, but will not decide before Saturday’s straw poll at the Minnesota State Central Committee meeting.

A group led by Beltrami County Republican Chairman Ken Cobb is promoting Seifert as a straw poll write-in candidate. Seifert told Forum News Service on Tuesday that he is not part of the effort.

“I appreciate people’s interest and passion trying to get me involved,” Seifert said, but he has devoted much of his time in the last year to his job that includes building a cancer center in Marshall. Groundbreaking on that project is Monday.

Seifert said that he will let people know before Thanksgiving if he will get into the race that already has four candidates.

“My main thing is the GOP needs a candidate who can put a coalition together to win the election,” Seifert said, adding that he would not be interested if just one faction picks the Republican candidate to face Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Being the only rural Republican in the race would help, Seifert said, because rural GOP voters dominate primary elections.

Also running on the Republican side are state Rep. Kurt Zellers, state Sen. Dave Thompson, teacher Rob Farnsworth and businessman Scott Honour. State Sen. Julie Rosen says she is considering a run.

Central committee members also will vote in a straw poll for their favorite U.S. Senate candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Al Franken.