Matt Pelikan is running for attorney general

If elected, he'd be the first openly gay attorney general in Minnesota history.

Another person is running for attorney general, even though the current attorney general hasn't decided if she's running again. 

Matt Pelikan announced Sunday he's running to be Minnesota's top lawyer, saying he thinks we need a "strong, progressive attorney general now more than ever."

Pelikan told the Pioneer Press the attorney general's office should set the standard for consumer protection and civil rights.

He's hoping to replace Lori Swanson, who hasn't yet decided if she'll run again for attorney general or if she'll run for governor. 

Pelikan and four others have announced they're running for attorney general, including Democrats Rep. Debra Hilstrom and former Rep. Ryan Winkler, as well as activist Harry Niska and former Rep. Doug Wardlow, who are both Republicans, according to MinnPost.

Democrats have held the position since 1971, the publication notes. 

More on Pelikan 

Pelikan was born and raised in Northfield. He attended St. Olaf College and then the University of Minnesota for law school, his website says.

He's got a lot of political experience, working with Paul Wellstone and then-Senator Mark Dayton. He also clerked for the Minnesota Supreme Court. 

As an attorney, he has focused on consumer issues and in 2016 he worked full-time to fight voter fraud in the presidential election. 

If Pelikan is elected, he'll be the first openly gay attorney general in Minnesota, his website says. 

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