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Gazelka preparing to run for another term in the Legislature

By MIKE O'ROURKE
Associate Editor
Last week was a busy week in Republican circles and as developments prompted the rewriting of last weekend's Eggs and Issues stories, I neglected to include one interesting bit of information from that Brainerd Lakes Chamber session.
Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, said Friday morning he had decided to run for at least one more term in the Minnesota Senate. That's probably no surprise, but it's the first time I had heard him state his intentions.
There is the chance Gazelka could enter the 2012 race with a beefed-up resume. He indicated his interest in serving as assistant majority leader and Republican senators will likely announce their new leadership team next week. All state senators will run for re-election next year because of redistricting.
The reshuffling of Republican leadership in the Senate was prompted by the abrupt departure of former Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch who left after Senate staffers complained about what they termed her "inappropriate relationship" with a staff member.