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Kurt Zellers gives up House seat to run for governor

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Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Rep. Kurt Zellers will not run for re-election to his Minnesota House seat this year, MPR News reports.

The announcement was expected, since Zellers plans to run in the August primary for governor and it would be difficult for him to run for both offices in the fall elections, according to the Associated Press.

Zellers, who served as Speaker of the House in 2011-2012, was first elected in 2003. He lives in Maple Grove and represents House District 34B – covering the cities of Maple Grove and Osseo.

“I’m proud of the important legislation I passed over the past six terms benefitting the residents of Maple Grove and Osseo, as well as the state of Minnesota,” Zellers said in a news release issued Monday.

Zellers is one of six GOP candidates trying to unseat DFL incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton this fall.

Zellers’ announcement is the latest in a growing list of legislative retirements.

Other Republicans not running for re-election are Reps. Mike Benson of Rochester, David FitzSimmons of Albertville, Mary Liz Holberg of Lakeville, Andrea Kieffer of Woodbury and Ernie Leidiger of Mayer.

DFLers who are not running again are Reps. John Benson of Minnetonka, Tom Huntley of Duluth and Michael Paymar of St. Paul, according to MPR.

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