Gov. Dayton to announce running mate in next few days

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The Star Tribune reports that Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice for a 2014 lieutenant governor Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Gov. Dayton made the remarks on TPT's Almanac program.

He said he's been looking for a talented, pro-active partner, and "gender balance" is a consideration.

After the Friday night televised interview, Gov. Dayton told the Star Tribune that Tony Sertich, a former legislator who now heads the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board is "a possibility." He said the same about Tina Smith, his chief of staff. Sertich would bring geographical diversity; Smith, gender diversity.

Dayton said he would announce his pick before Thursday, when he's scheduled for hip surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

State Sen. Katie Sieben said Friday she withdrew her name from consideration because she believes she can be more effective in the legislature.

In January, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon said she would not seek re-election to a second term. She plans to finish her current term, but her relationship with Dayton has seemed distant.

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