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PAUL GAZELKA

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Gazelka picked Mary Giuliani Stephens as his running mate in the GOP endorsement contests with weeks to go before the state convention.
Michelle Benson, Paul Gazelka, Scott Jensen, Mike Murphy and Neil Shah discussed their personal health histories and vaccine views during a 3rd District candidate forum in Wayzata, Minnesota, on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
It was the first time in the campaign that the candidates have publicly debated, but their comments focused more on the DFL governor than on one another.
The former Senate president was elected Sept. 8 to lead the caucus after former Majority Leader Paul Gazelka stepped down to pursue a bid for governor.
The former Senate majority leader has garnered a reputation in St. Paul as a dealmaker and negotiator, clinching budget deals with the Democratic governor's office and state House year after year.
The news came a day after the former majority leader said he would resign the post, likely to mount a campaign for governor.

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At her gubernatorial campaign launch, Republican state Sen. Michelle Benson offered a concise campaign message: Get Gov. Tim Walz out of office.
The move comes the same day that Republican Sen. Michelle Benson announced her campaign for governor.
Members of the party's Executive Board met Thursday night, when Jennifer Carnahan tendered her resignation.

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