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Dakota Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord to run for Congress in the 2nd District

Kathleen Gaylord, former South St. Paul mayor, said today that she will try to unseat Rep. John Kline.

Kathleen Gaylord, a Dakota County commissioner and former South St. Paul mayor, said today that she will seek the DFL endorsement to run for Congress in the 2nd District.

Incumbent Republican Congressman John Kline is seeking his sixth term. He won his last race by nearly 30 percentage points, but redistricting has caused some changes in the district’s makeup.

Former DFL state Rep. Mike Obermueller also said this week that he’s running against Kline. And some expect Northfield City Council Member Patrick Ganey to also enter the race as a DFLer.

Gaylord is in her third term on the Dakota County Board; before that, she was South St. Paul’s mayor for 10 years and had been on the city council for eight years before that.

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While mayor, she was chair of the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Policy Committee and was elected to the League’s board of directors.

She said in a statement:

“Voters of all political persuasions are fed up with elected officials who put partisanship ahead of progress. They want common sense government instead of governance by the lowest common denominator.”

Obermueller, an attorney from Eagan, lost his bid for re-election to the state House in 2010.