Hann officially exploring run for governor

State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, is getting more serious about a campaign for governor in 2010. He made his intentions known today with this news release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – State Senator David Hann (R-Eden Prairie) submitted documents on Tuesday to the Campaign Finance Board forming a committee to explore his candidacy for Governor.

“I have been encouraged to take this step by the depth of support I have received in recent days, and I will continue to talk to party activists and supporters across the state about the future of Minnesota,” Hann said. “In the next election, we must engage the public in a debate about the direction our state will take in the coming years. We have to control state spending and lower taxes to encourage investment in our economy. We need to structure our education system to enable all students to succeed and take steps to ensure health care decisions remain between patients and their doctors.”

“We plan to run an aggressive campaign for the Republican endorsement” Hann continued, “This will be a competitive process, but my record shows that time after time I have stood for the issues that will benefit all Minnesotans.” Kathy Veurink, a constituent and resident of Eden Prairie said, “Senator Hann has been a strong advocate for my family and for the taxpayers of Minnesota for the past seven years in the State Senate. His record is unmatched. I am very excited that Senator Hann is considering serving as our next Governor.”

Senator Hann is in his second term representing Eden Prairie and Minnetonka in the Minnesota State Senate, and serves as a member of the senate’s Education Committee; the Health, Housing and Family Security Committee; the Agriculture and Veterans Committee; and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He is now a business process consultant after spending 25 years with Eden Prairie based E.A. Sween Company.

In his second year at Gustavus Adolphus College, Hann enlisted in the U..S. Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. After completing his degree in Religion, he did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He served eight years on the Eden Prairie School Board prior to his election to the state senate. Hann has been recognized by the Minnesota School Board Association for his service to education in the legislature, and has been named “Best Friend of the Taxpayer” four times by the Taxpayers League. He and his wife, Anne, have four children.

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