According to multiple sources, former Republican State Senator Ted Daley, who served in the Minnesota Senate from 2011-2013, is strongly considering a run for secretary of state. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who was elected in 2006, is not seeking re-election to a third term.
Two Democrats currently serving in the Minnesota House of Representative, Deb Hilstrom and Steve Simon, are seeking the DFL endorsement for secretary of state. Currently, businessman Dennis Nguyen is the only announced Republican candidate for secretary of state.
News of a potential Daley candidacy for secretary of state was first reported on Twitter by Republican activist Jeff Kolb on Saturday. I confirmed with additional sources over the last two days that Daley is strongly considering a run. A call placed to Daley this morning has not been returned.
Aside from serving as the treasurer of Scott Honour’s campaign for governor, Daley has kept a low political-profile since leaving the Minnesota Senate. Daley’s campaign website for his state senate campaign is still active – click here for a detailed biography.
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