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DFL Rep. Simon announces run for Minn. secretary of state

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State Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-Hopkins, announced Tuesday that he's running for Minnesota secretary of state, the Associated Press reports.

In June, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced he would not seek re-election.

Simon, chairman of the House Elections Committee, has served in the state Legislature since 2005. He is also a practicing attorney and former assistant state attorney general.

KSTP reports Simon, 43, authored the Minnesota's newly-adopted absentee voting provision, which allows eligible voters to cast an absentee ballot without giving a reason for not voting on election day.

He's up against fellow Democrats state Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center and former state lawmaker Jeremy Kalin of Minnespolis. The Associated Press says veteran elections administrator Rachel Larson Bohman dropped out of the race last week.

No Republicans have announced their candidacies for the office, but at least three have expressed interest, according to the Pioneer Press.

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