State auditor to run for Minnesota governor

Published 10:33 am Monday, January 9, 2017

ST. PAUL  — Minnesota state auditor Rebecca Otto is planning to run for governor.

Otto is the third Democrat to announce a campaign to replace Gov. Mark Dayton who will leave office when his term expires in January 2019.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in December he will launch a campaign. And, state Rep. Erin Murphy, a former House majority leader, has also declared her candidacy.

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Only one Republican, activist Christopher William Chamberlin, has announced plans to run so far.

Otto  she is “different” and “authentic” and wants to see Minnesota in a position for “the very best future possible.”

The 53-year-old three-term auditor said she’s planning a statewide “listening tour” to connect with voters.