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Hennepin County Sheriff Stanek is seeking re-election – not a run for governor

This announcement ends speculation that he'd run, and makes the Republican race for governor a bit more clear.

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek has put an end to speculation that he'd run for governor of Minnesota.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Stanek said he'll be seeking a fourth term as sheriff.

"Serving as a peace officer is my life’s calling. ... This work has become personal to me and to my family, and it is with their love and support that I choose to rededicate my efforts for the next four years to this work," he wrote, mentioning his efforts in recent years to address mental illness, reduce violent crime, building trust between the community and law enforcement, and fighting the opioid epidemic.

He was sworn in as sheriff of Hennepin County in 2007, and is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, according to his bio.

The Star Tribune says the Republican "would have been a formidable candidate for governor," adding now that we know he's not running, it makes the race for governor a bit more clear.

Several Republicans have announced plans to replace Gov. Mark Dayton, who isn't seeking re-election. Among them: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson; Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman; and Rep. Matt Dean of Dellwood.

As for the Democrats, Rep. Tina Liebling of Rochester; U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of MankatoSt. Paul Mayor Chris ColemanRep. Erin Murphy of St. Paul; and state Auditor Rebecca Otto have all throw their hat in the ring.

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