ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Majority Leader Matt Dean is taking on a fellow Republican legislator as he seeks a fifth term at the Capitol.
Dean, of Dellwood, said Monday that he would challenge Rep. Carol McFarlane, a third-term representative from White Bear Lake. The two were paired when new political maps were released last month by a special court panel as part of the once-a-decade redistricting.
Dean and McFarlane both said they would abide by the party endorsement that will come out of a March 31 district convention. That means they loser would give up a campaign for a new term.
As majority leader, Dean is the second-ranking member of the Minnesota House.
Separately Monday, Sen. Geoff Michel, a former deputy majority leader, said he would retire after this term.
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