Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Mayor Dave Kleis?

Poker playin’ State Sen. Dave Kleis is considering running for Mayor of St. Cloud. Besides authoring a bill allowing Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments in Minnesota, Kleis also introduced strong legislative reforms. It would be a shame for this man to go into retirement.

State Sen. Dave Kleis has been considering it, and he has until 5 p.m. to decide if he wants to challenge Ellenbecker in what would be a rematch of the 1996 Senate race between the 11-year Republican senator and the first-term DFL mayor.

"At this point, I have not decided," Kleis said. He just returned from a few days in Canada after completing a legislative session that went into overtime and ended Wednesday. Kleis' Senate terms expires in 2006. In his 2002 re-election campaign, Kleis said his current term would be his last because of a self-imposed 12-year term limit he promised when elected in 1994.

Ellenbecker filed Monday. He announced he planned to run again June 30. If Kleis decides not to run, Ellenbecker could go unchallenged. It would be the first time in more than three decades that a St. Cloud mayor would run unopposed.

(Source: “Ellenbecker may not have opponent in mayor race,” St. Cloud Times, July 19, 2005)

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