State Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, announced an exploratory campaign for governor in 2010 today. Marty is part of a growing list of prominent Minnesota Democrats to announce a possible run.
This wouldn't be Marty's first run for governor. Marty ran as the DFL candidate for governor in 1994, losing to Republican incumbent Arne Carlson. He's currently serving his seventh-term in the Minnesota Senate.
Marty sent the following letter today, along with the launch of their Web site
Our state and nation face challenges that will not be solved by business as usual - the worst economic times since the great depression, the foreclosure crisis, rising unemployment, and increasing economic and social disparities. These challenges require the kind of change that is only available from a leader of vision and courage.
That's why we are encouraging John Marty to run for Governor, and today we are announcing the formation of an exploratory campaign. Please join us at johnmarty.org
We are encouraging Senator Marty to run for Governor because of his vision, his strength, his integrity and his courage. Minnesotans are eager for change. We don't want politicians to continually tell us that universal health care will never happen, or that decent wages for workers are unrealistic, or that adequate funding for schools isn't feasible. We want a governor who will work with us to make things happen. We are confident John Marty can provide that leadership.
We have seen John Marty's leadership in health care reform. Senator Marty is the candidate with the vision to design the Minnesota Health Plan - the only plan around that would provide affordable health care to every Minnesotan. We have observed John's strength, day after day, giving voice to Minnesotans' need for a health care system that works. He is building a growing coalition of individuals and organizations who support this bold reform. John is the candidate with the integrity to reject all money from the pharmaceutical and insurance industries and all other special interests. That kind of courage enables him to stand up and fight for, and win passage of, the Minnesota Health Plan.
John Marty is rooted with conservative values - honesty, fairness, respect, frugality;
John Marty has a progressive vision - healthy families, a safe environment, good schools - a better future.
Please join us. Go to johnmarty.org
The Marty for Governor exploratory campaign