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Sen. Ingebrigtsen weighs run for governor

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- State Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, says he is contemplating a run for governor.

His name has been popping up in political circles as a possible contender for challenging DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in 2014.

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When contacted Tuesday, Ingebrigtsen said he’ll make a decision in the next four to six weeks whether to jump into the race. He plans to form a committee to explore the possibility.

“I think Minnesota needs a rural choice,” he said. “I believe my seven years in the Senate, including the two years when the Republicans were in control, makes me well-suited for the office of governor.”

Ingebrigtsen, a former Douglas County sheriff, said he’s “disgusted” by Dayton’s “tax the rich” policy, which Ingebrigtsen said will impact more than those with high incomes.

He said he’ll continue to fight against business restrictions, energy mandates and gun control measures such as universal background checks.

Republicans who have announced for governor so far are Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, a former state representative and Detroit Lakes native; former House Speaker Kurt Zellers, a Maple Grove resident who grew up in North Dakota; Scott Honour, a Twin Cities businessman; and Sen. Dave Thompson, a Lakeville resident and former talk radio show host.

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