FRAZEE (AP) -- Rep. Roxann Daggett, mentioned as a possible running mate for GOP businessman Brian Sullivan in the governor's race, announced Wednesday she won't seek re-election to the Legislature.
Daggett, who has served four terms in the House, said she "thought eight years was a nice amount." She also said redistricting made it a natural time to step down; a new political map significantly changed her district.
She is from Frazee, which is just south of Detroit Lakes. Her greater Minnesota address would give geographic balance to the Sullivan ticket. He is from Orono, a Twin Cities suburb.
Daggett acknowledged that she is "on a short list" to be Sullivan's lieutenant governor candidate, but said she has received no formal word on where she stands. Sullivan is challenging House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty for the GOP endorsement.
"I would consider it a great honor to be asked," Daggett said, adding that she hasn't decided whether she'd accept the job.
Sullivan campaign spokesman Randy Wanke declined to discuss candidates or a timeline for choosing a running mate. Sullivan appointed an 11-member committee this month to screen candidates.
In the Legislature, Daggett serves as chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee and vice chairwoman of the House Taxes Committee.
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