ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Incoming Iron Range Resources Commissioner Tony Sertich says there’s no chance he will challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack in 2012.

The Democrat from Chisholm said, “No chance — zero” when asked Wednesday about a possible run in northeastern Minnesota’s 8th District.

The former House majority leader is resigning his House seat and preparing to start his new job on Friday. He plans to deliver a resignation speech on the House floor on Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton picked Sertich to head the Iron Range Resources economic development agency. Sertich says he hopes to serve in the position as long as Dayton will have him.

His appointment is subject to confirmation from the Republican-led Senate.

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