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Republican the first to declare bid for state auditor

ST. PAUL — The open race for Minnesota’s state auditor finally has a Republican candidate. Former Rep. Pam Myhra registered to run last week for the office.

The office is being vacated by current State Auditor Rebecca Otto, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor. The  auditor oversees local government spending.

It’s Myhra’s third attempt at higher office since leaving the Legislature in 2014. She was former Rep. Marty Seifert’s running mate in the 2014 governor’s race but the pair lost in a primary. She also launched a short-lived campaign for the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2016.