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Howe seeks GOP endorsement for Secretary of State

John Howe. File photo

John Howe announced he is seeking the Republican endorsement in the Minnesota secretary of state race.

The former Red Wing mayor and state senator touted his public and private sector experience in a news release issued Thursday, April 26.

“My private sector experience can be invaluable in making government more efficient and responsive to its constituents,” Howe said in the release. “I’m excited about the chance to improve the many different ways the Secretary of State’s office interacts with Minnesotans.”

He continued: “The Secretary of State’s office should not be used for partisan political advantage, and I’m running to give Minnesotans the opportunity to keep their faith in the honesty and openness of the electoral process, which is the absolute bedrock of representative democracy."

The 54-year-old was elected mayor in 2008 and to the state Senate in 2010. He also served on the Goodhue County Health and Human Services Board. He is the owner of property management company Howe Properties, LLC. He lives in Red Wing with his wife, Lisa. They have three children.

Current Secretary of State Steve Simon announced his re-election campaign in January. The DFLer was elected in 2014.

Howe sought GOP endorsement for secretary of state in 2014, though the nod ultimately went to Dan Severson of Sauk Rapids, Minn.