State Rep. Kurt Zellers, running for governor and embroiled in a GOP primary race, said Wednesday that he’ll never raise taxes if he’s elected, continuing a no-new-taxes pledge he’s held as a legislator.
“Let’s be clear: I will never raise taxes and I am the only candidate in this race of either party who has put that in writing and lived up to that pledge in the past,” said Zellers, who has served six terms in the Legislature.
He’s running in the Aug. 12 Republican primary against party-endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson, a Hennepin County commissioner. Also running are former legislator Marty Seifert and businessman Scott Honour.
The winner of the primary will face DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who is seeking a second term.
Zellers continues to stress in his campaign that while he was House Speaker in 2011, Republican lawmakers were able to pass a no-tax-increase budget.
“I’m the only candidate who has proven his strength and his commitment to conservative principles to be able to beat Dayton and the liberal interest groups again in November,” he said.