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Republican businessman Scott Honour launches run for governor

The retired venture capital executive from Wayzata raised money for Republican presidential candidates and has been active politically.

Scott Honour, a Republican businessman from Wayzata, has launched a campaign for governor with a new website.

MinnPost’s Cyndy Brucato last month mentioned Honour as a possible GOP challenger, as the Republican Party searches for a candidate to take on Gov. Mark Dayton.

Brucato wrote that

The outlier and outsider is 44-year-old Honour, who recently retired from the Gores Group venture capital firm. In a news release, the firm said Honour was leaving to “focus on public service and charitable activities.” In an email, Honour said he was not yet giving any interviews.

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Honour raised money for Tim Pawlenty’s presidential run, then joined the Romney team, where Minnesotans involved in the Romney effort say he more than exceeded expectations. He’s considered politically astute if not experienced and well connected and respected. At the Chris Christie fundraiser last week at the Edina Country Club, political guru Vin Weber concluded the event by calling on Honour to give the last speech. 

On his website, Honour says he wants to use his business experience to attract new residents:

“The impact of our state tax and regulatory policies can literally be seen on our borders. For instance, Fargo has outgrown Moorhead seven to one since 1980. They’re not moving there for the pheasants. Look at the difference in tax rates and the business rankings of Minnesota versus North Dakota.  There’s the answer.”