Dave Thompson confirms he will seek GOP gubernatorial nomination

State Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday that he is running for the Republican nomination to take on Gov. Mark Dayton in the 2014 election.

Dave Thompson
Dave Thompson

Thompson told Minnesota Public Radio News that he would launch the campaign this week and that he expected to file the fundraising paperwork today.

Thompson is planning an event in Lakeville at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Pioneer Plaza Park just off Holyoke Avenue downtown to spread the news.

An invitation to the event says: “Please join Dave, his family and friends to celebrate as we share an exciting announcement!”

Former Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers made his announcement that he would seek the GOP nomination at a residence in Maple Grove. Zellers lives in Maple Grove with his family.

Zellers’ entry into the race is not unexpected. He joins a growing cadre of Republicans, including Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson and businessman Scott Honour, seeking to replace Dayton.