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Seifert names Burnsville state rep. as Lt. Gov. candidate

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Marty Seifert has named state Rep. Pam Myhra, R–Burnsville, as his running mate for the 2014 race, his campaign announced Thursday.

Myhra is a relatively low profile two-term state representative, the Star Tribune reports. The newspaper adds she is known as a hard worker with conservative credentials. Seifert’s campaign says Myhra is known for her leadership on issues including education, early childhood development and taxes.

“Just like me, she’s from a swing area that could vote either way,” Seifert told MPR News. “If the Republicans want to win in Minnesota, you have to have the votes of non-Republicans to win elections, and Pam has proven that.”

Myhra defeated a multiterm incumbent Democrat in 2010.

“She works hard on behalf of her constituents in the district she now represents and will be a major part of carrying our team across the finish line in 2014,” Seifert said, according to his campaign website.

Seifert said Myhra has lived the American dream – she moved to Minnesota from South America when she was young and didn't know how to speak English, according to MPR.

Myhra said her decision to join the Seifert ticket was easy.

“I truly believe Seifert is the right person for the challenges our state faces and is absolutely the best candidate to defeat Mark Dayton next fall,” Myhra said, according to Seifert’s campaign website. “Marty is a person of integrity who has the right Minnesota values and experience to unite our Party, defeat Dayton, and implement the effective state government Minnesota desperately needs.”

Seifert is expected to formally announce his pick at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the state Capitol. He is the second GOP gubernatorial candidate to announce a pick for lieutenant governor. GOP Sen. Dave Thompson picked fellow Republican Sen. Michelle Benson as his lieutenant governor. Gov. Mark Dayton picked his chief of staff, Tina Smith, as his running mate.

There are six Republicans competing for the GOP nomination. The others include: Rob Farnsworth, a special education teacher from Hibbing; businessman Scott Honour; Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson; and six-term state Rep. Kurt Zellers.

A straw poll at the beginning of February picked Seifert, the former House minority leader, as the top GOP candidate to run against Dayton in the November election. This is Seifert’s second bid for governor. He lost the GOP endorsement to Tom Emmer in 2010, the Associated Press reports.

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