CROOKSTON (AP) -- In his 20 years running the Minnesota Senate, Roger Moe has earned a reputation for besting governors. Now he wants to be one.
Moe returned Sunday to the high school where he graduated to announce his bid for the DFL Party's endorsement for governor, and said he will leave the Minnesota Senate when his term expires at the end of the year, even if his gubernatorial campaign fails.
Acknowledging his reputation as a quiet man, he said, "True to form, I have two things to say this afternoon: My name is Roger Moe and I am running for governor of the state of Minnesota."
Moe said he would work to bring economic equality between rural Minnesota and the Twin Cities. Of the northwestern region where he grew up and lives, he said: "I want all of Minnesota to know that what is here has defined me."
Moe said Minnesota missed opportunities presented by the state's prosperity during the 1990s.
"Our highway system went untended. Repairs were withheld from school and college buildings," he said. "We fell from being in the vanguard of public school investment to the middle of the pack."
Moe entered the school's gymnasium to a standing ovation and the music of the Crookston High School pep band. He crouched on his knee to talk to his father, Melvin, before walking through the crowd to shake hands and greet supporters.
His niece, Anne Rasmusson, Fisher, introduced Moe and acknowledged his mother, Mathilde, who spoiled Moe's surprise with comments to a reporter last week. Rasmusson said Moe's family is "too large to keep a secret of that magnitude. Right, grandma?"
Moe's candidacy is a major display of ambition for a man who has been considered a prime candidate for governor time after time.
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