Kelley announces gubernatorial campaign

Alex Robinson

Steve Kelley, a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, announced Monday that he will run for governor, according to the Star Tribune.

Kelley will be joining about two dozen other candidates in what most people consider to be a wide open race for the govenor’s seat. Kelley previously ran for governor in 2006, but failed to win the DFL endorsement.

The former DFL state senator was in the Legislature from 1992 to 2006, and he left as the Senate education committee chair.

According to the Tribune, if elected, Kelley said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill, refocus health care spending on prevention, spend more on K-12 and higher education and create a "Minnesota Children’s Zone," which would offer intensive services to targeted families and children.

"[Voters are] going to ask who will be the best governor. The answer is that I will be the best governor of Minnesota," Kelley told the Tribune.