State Senator John Marty, DFL-Roseville, has launched an exploratory campaign for governor.
Marty was the DFL-endorsed candidate for governor in 1994, losing to Republican incumbent Arne Carlson. He’s currently serving his seventh-term in the Minnesota Senate, and is chairman of the Senate’s Health Housing and Family Security Committee. Marty launched a website and sent an e-mail to announce his plans.
Our state and nation face challenges that will not be solved by business as usual – the worst economic times since the great depression, the foreclosure crisis, rising unemployment, and increasing economic and social disparities. These challenges require the kind of change that is only available from a leader of vision and courage. That’s why we are encouraging John Marty to run for Governor, and today we are announcing the formation of an exploratory campaign.
We are encouraging Senator Marty to run for Governor because of his vision, his strength, his integrity and his courage. Minnesotans are eager for change. We don’t want politicians to continually tell us that universal health care will never happen, or that decent wages for workers are unrealistic, or that adequate funding for schools isn’t feasible. We want a governor who will work with us to make things happen. We are confident John Marty can provide that leadership. We have seen John Marty’s leadership in health care reform. Senator Marty is the candidate with the vision to design the Minnesota Health Plan – the only plan around that would provide affordable health care to every Minnesotan. We have observed John’s strength, day after day, giving voice to Minnesotans’ need for a health care system that works. He is building a growing coalition of individuals and organizations who support this bold reform. John is the candidate with the integrity to reject all money from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries and all other special interests. That kind of courage enables him to stand up and fight for, and win passage of, the Minnesota Health Plan. John Marty is rooted with conservative values – honesty, fairness, respect, frugality; John Marty has a progressive vision – healthy families, a safe environment, good schools – a better future.
The Marty for Governor exploratory campaign
Other prominent Democrats have also said they plan to run for governor in 2010. The list includes State Senator Tom Bakk of Cook, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner and State Representative Paul Thissen of Minneapolis. Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty hasn’t said whether he will seek a third term.