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Rep. Emmer joins GOP field in 2010 governor’s race

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three-term Republican state Rep. Tom Emmer is getting into next year’s race for Minnesota governor.

Emmer, of Delano, officially declared his candidacy Monday. He joins a field that’s been growing by the week since incumbent Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced he wouldn’t run for a another term.

Both leading parties have wide-open races for their respective nominations and the Independence Party could be competitive as well.

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The 48-year-old Emmer is an attorney. He says he would work on slimming a government bureaucracy that he says has grown too large over the last couple of decades.

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