Kurt Zellers, the former Republican Speaker of the Minnesota House, is set to announce his political plans on Sunday – and it appears he intends to run for governor. Zellers has told reporters that he’s interested in running. A check of the website, Zellersforgovernor.com, also directs people to his political page.
Zellers has scheduled a Sunday event in Maple Grove – the district he represents in the Minnesota House. Zellers is a North Dakota native who was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2003. He served as House Speaker in 2011 and 2012.
Zellers isn’t the only Republican set to announce his political plans next week. GOP state Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, told MPR News that he’ll make an announcement on Wednesday morning. Thompson is also considering a run for governor.
There will be four candidates for governor if Thompson and Zellers choose to run. Orono businessman Scott Honour and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson have already announced that they want to replace DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
Dayton says he’s running for re-election.