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Seifert brings campaign for governor to Willmar

Marty Seifert, R-Marshall, was at the Willmar airport this morning during a campaign stop with local supporters. Seifert announced yesterday he is running for governor. He ran in 2010 but did not get the party endorsement.

WILMMAR – If Republicans are going to win elections in Minnesota they’ll need votes from non-Republicans, said former House minority leader Marty Seifert, who was in Willmar today seeking local support for his own campaign for governor.

Seifert, of Marshall, failed to get the Republican endorsement when he ran for governor in 2010.

This time around, Seifert said if he doesn’t get the endorsement he may run in the primary.

During stop today at the Willmar airport said his five-point plan to “turn the state around” will appeal to the “average independent and moderate-to-conservative Democrat” in Minnesota that is not happy with the Gov. Mark Dayton.

Seifert said he will not accept campaign money from lobbyists and he will not sign any pledges offered by special interest groups, including a pledge not to raise taxes.

Seifert said, however, he has no intention of raising taxes if elected governor.

He said he has a good mix of public and private-sector experience and is “hitting the ground running” with a campaign that has him crisscrossing the state through next Tuesday.

Seifert, who is joining several metro candidates in the bid for governor, said he will bring a strong voice from Greater Minnesota.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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