Former Minn. GOP lawmaker to run for governor

2:58 PM, Jun 5, 2009   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former state representative, Republican Bill Haas, says he will kick off a campaign for governor on Wednesday.

Haas served a decade in the House and eight years as mayor of Champlin. He now works as a lobbyist for three Indian tribes and runs a benefits management company for small businesses.

The 2010 race for governor is just forming on the Republican side, after Gov. Tim Pawlenty went public earlier this week with his decision not to run again. The list of potential candidates includes at least a dozen Republicans.

At least 10 Democrats are running, or have said they're considering it.

Haas is highlighting his efforts to control spending on cell phones and state vehicles as head of a legislative committee.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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