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Candidates seeking governor spot

Here is a look at Minnesota governor candidates, potential candidates and some politicians who have said they are not running:

Note: "Filed" means a candidate filed paperwork with state officials to collect and spend contributions. Filing of papers to actually become a candidate does not happen until next year.


Tom Bakk. Filed. State senator from Cook and chairman of the Senate Taxes Committee.

Chris Coleman. St. Paul mayor faces a November election, but indicates he leans toward running for governor.

Mark Dayton. Filed. Former state auditor and former U.S. senator comes from one of the state's most famous business families.

Matt Entenza. Filed. Former state House minority leader from St. Paul ran into trouble and was forced out of the 2006 attorney general race.

Susan Gaertner. Filed. Ramsey County attorney has been running for some time, visiting all parts of Minnesota.

Mike Hatch. While the former attorney general and 2006 governor candidate from Burnsville has not said he wants to run, some Democrats expect him to.

Steve Kelley. Filed. Former state senator from Hopkins mostly is known for his work on education and his failed 2006 attorney general run.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher. Filed. Two terms as House speaker gave the Minneapolis resident lots of notoriety, but failure to reach budget deal with governor may hurt.

John Marty. Filed. Roseville state senator known for efforts to tighten politicians' ethics laws ran for governor once before.

Doug Peterson. Not running. Former state representative and current Minnesota Farmers Union president decided to stay where he is.

Tom Rukavina. Filed. Perhaps the most colorful state representative, the Virginia resident is House higher education and workforce chairman.

R.T. Rybak. Minneapolis mayor strongly hints he will run, but politically cannot make an announcement until after November's city election.

Ole Savior. Filed. It would not be an election without the Minneapolis artist running for a statewide office, and losing badly.

Paul Thissen. Filed. Four-term state representative from Minneapolis is best known for his work on health-care legislation.

Tim Walz. Congressman from southern Minnesota opted to run for U.S. House again.


Pat Anderson. Filed. Former state auditor and Eagan mayor lost re-election as auditor in the Democratic year of 2006.

Michele Bachman. Congresswoman wants to stay where she is, unless "the lord" guides her to a presidential run.

Laura Brod. State representative from New Prague suspended her campaign for undisclosed health reasons.

Norm Coleman. Former U.S. senator says he will not decide about governor's race until next year, but would be a contender if he gets in.

Leslie Davis. Filed. Not normally a Republican, Davis is a perennial candidate and environmentalist.

Tom Emmer. Filed. Delano state representative is one of the House's most prolific speakers and one of its most conservative members.

Rod Grams. Former U.S. senator from Crown, who lost re-election to Mark Dayton, remains a potential candidate and is a GOP favorite.

Bill Haas. Filed. Ex-state representative is little known outside his Champlin-area district and the Capitol.

David Hann. Filed. State senator from Eden Prairie has become a conservative spokesman in his two terms.

Philip Herwig. Filed. While the first to file paperwork to run, the Milaca resident's campaign has gained little notice.

Michael Jungbauer. Filed. Two-term state senator from East Bethel is a water resources manager and minister to dirt bikers.

Mark Kennedy. Former U.S. representative said he is not interested.

Paul Koering. State senator from Fort Ripley thought about a governor's run, but opted to run for re-election.

Paul Kohls. Filed. Victoria state representative is among the young lawmakers who often rises to promote conservative ideals during debates.

Morrie Lanning. After earlier saying he was thinking about running, his name has not been brought up and he did not return a call seeking comment.

Geoff Michel. The two-term Edina state senator has said he may consider running, but has not pulled the trigger.

Carol Molnau. The lieutenant governor, who farms southwest of the Twin Cities, says she will wait to decide until after a late-October family meeting.

David Olson. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce chief thought about running, but is not actively pursing the job.

Jim Ramstad. The former congressmen from the western Twin Cities opted out of the race earlier this year, but on Friday left the door slightly open.

Brian Sullivan. The Twin Cities businessman who narrowly lost the party endorsement to Tim Pawlenty in 2002 does not plan to run.

Marty Seifert. Filed. A Marshall state representative, Seifert was the first big-name Republican to get into the race and he has extensively traveled the state.

Dave Senjem. Senate Republicans' leader, Senjem said he would think about running, but has not pursued it.

Steve Sviggum. The former House speaker and current labor and industry commissioner from Kenyon wanted to run, but federal laws delayed him getting into the race.

Mike Vekich. The St. Louis Park businessman and former Minnesota State Colleges and Universities trustees chairman is talked about, but has not jumped into the race.

Charlie Weaver. A former Anoka legislator, Weaver heads the Minnesota Business Partnership and is considering running.