Republican candidate for governor Scott Honour announced that state Sen. Karin Housley of Stillwater will be his running mate in the race for the GOP nomination.
Honour and Kurt Zellers are bypassing the endorsement Saturday in Rochester, not even placing their names in nomination. Honour, like Zellers, promised a primary campaign that reaches out beyond the boundaries of the traditional Republican primary voting field.
He said that strategy was reflected in his choice of Housley, who had been considering a run for governor herself. “Karin, like me, has spent most of her life working in the private sector, not in government,” he said at a news conference.
Honour’s announcement came just before delegates are about to take their eighth round of balloting to endorse a candidate for the U.S. Senate. That battle, is a two-man contest, with St. Louis County commissioner Chris Dahlberg leading businessman Mike McFadden, 55 percent to 44 percent of the delegate vote.