John Kriesel: 'I Would Never Rule Out a Run for Governor'

He's the new Anoka County Veteran Services Director and a retiring state rep.

John Kriesel may be Anoka County's new veteran services director, but the retiring Republican state representative from Cottage Grove is not saying never to a job higher up in state government: governor.

David Lutchen, writing for Woodbury Patch's Local Voices, relayed Kriesel  comments posted at therealcapitolview.com:

“I would never rule out a run for governor, and the encouragement and support that I’ve received has been flattering, but I absolutely love my new job working for Anoka County Veterans Services and I’ve enjoyed being able to spend more time with my wife and sons now that I’m out of politics,” said Kriesel.

He added, “I chose not to seek relection to the Minnesota House of Representatives so I could spend more time with my family. A 2014 gubernatorial run would take away from that.”

Kriesel prompted the speculation himself, Lutchen explained, with a Facebook post over the weekend with "a photo showing a 'Kriesel for Governor' logo. According to his post, Kriesel received a text message from a friend asking if he was going to run for governor after the friend saw the logo on a different Facebook wall. As of Monday morning the post had 301 'likes' and 114 comments."


David Spaulding November 26, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I think the Anoka County Board made a great choice in picking John as the Veterans Service Director. I wonder if he would decide to run for Governor would he run as a Republican or a Democrat?
Cliff November 28, 2012 at 01:09 PM
He ran as a Republican, but acted like a Democrat. Spend, Spend, Spend. Cliff, Cottage Grove


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