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Pawlenty Formally Announces Bid for Governor

Updated: April 05, 2018 07:04 PM

After months of rumors and meetings with supporters, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has made it official: He wants to be governor again.

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The Republican announced his candidacy in a video on Thursday afternoon.

"My campaign for governor will focus on charting a better way forward for Minnesota families who see health care premiums skyrocketing, paychecks not increasing very fast, college costs and student debt rising — all while government spending and taxes climb through the roof," Pawlenty said. "Minnesota deserves better and we need to hold government more accountable. I have the strength and experience to solve problems and bring Minnesotans together."

Incumbent Gov. Mark Dayton is not seeking re-election after two terms in office. Several other Republicans and Democrats have already been running for governor in the fall election, but Pawlenty is the highest-profile name to enter the race.

Pawlenty previously served two terms as Minnesota governor from 2003 to 2011.

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