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Published May 05, 2013, 12:32 PM

GOP entrant in Minnesota gov race is political vet

HAMEL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican rooted in Minnesota politics for a dozen years is the latest to announce a 2014 challenge to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

HAMEL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican rooted in Minnesota politics for a dozen years is the latest to announce a 2014 challenge to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton.

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson is kicking off his campaign Sunday, the second candidate to launch a bid in as many weeks. He joins businessman Scott Honour in vying for the GOP nomination.

Johnson has been on the governing board of Minnesota's most populous county since 2009 and was a state legislator before that. He also serves in the state Republican Party's leadership ranks, making him familiar to the activists who will endorse a candidate next year.

Johnson ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2006.

Dayton has said repeatedly he will seek a second term, which would be the first re-election campaign of his political career.

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