There were seven Republicans who were actively courting delegates at Saturday’s MNGOP State Central meeting. Former House Speaker Steve Sviggum says he’s officially running. So is state Representative Paul Kohls.
House Minority Leader Marty Seifert was surrounded by a crew of supporters in “Vote Marty Seifert” t-shirts who were handing out buttons. Seifert says he’s been contacting activists since Governor Pawlenty said he wouldn’t run for reelection. Former State Auditor Pat Anderson says she’s “probably going to run.” Former state Rep. Bill Haas, who announced earlier this week, was also active at the meeting.
Two other potential candidates say they’re still weighing their options. State Rep. Laura Brod said she’s considering it but was talking to delegates. Supporters of state Senator David Hann handed out literature urging delegates to persuade him to run. Hann said he hasn’t made a decision yet.