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Sen. Marty looks at governor race

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's 2010 race for governor continues to attract candidates.

The latest is state Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, who barely got a third of the votes in 1994 when he lost to Republican Arne Carlson, who won his second term as governor.

Marty is best known for his fight for legislative ethics and campaign reform. His bill to strictly limit gifts to lawmakers is credited with removing a taint from the system, but legislators also say it means lawmakers, lobbyists and others no longer talk very much socially since dining and drinking are limited.

The senator announced he is considering a gubernatorial run, but has not joined Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner as an official candidate. Another dozen names are tossed around as potential DFL governor candidates.

Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook is making the most public exploration of a run for governor. Big names like House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and former U.S. Sen. Mark Dayton also are considered contenders. But the line goes far beyond those people, including many state legislators.

Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty has not said whether he will seek a third term.

Marty leads the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee and is known for his work in health-care legislation.

His Web site,, calls him a man with conservative values and a progressive vision - "healthy families, a safe environment, good schools."

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.