Kelly Doran, 47, originally joined the race
for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by Sen. Mark Dayton. But in September
2005, he suddenly switched to the governor's race. He said he hadn't realized
the impact being a senator would have on his family life. He said his campaign
for Senate revealed that Minnesota are concerned about issues closer to home.
He identified these as: increasing property taxes and fees, poverty, loss
of health care coverage, and school class sizes. He describes himself as a
"centrist Democrat." Doran, who lives in Eden Prairie, is president of the
Robert Muir Company, which has developed more than 3 million square feet of
shopping centers in the state, according to Doran's biography. John Wodele,
who was Gov. Jesse Ventura's spokesman, is serving as a consultant to Doran's
Shopping center developer Kelly Doran, who put
more than $1.6 million into his first shot at political office,
quit the race for the DFL gubernatorial nomination Friday.
The DFL candidates for governor will all be watching Tuesday's precinct caucuses to see what kind of support they enjoy from party stalwarts. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Independence Party candidate Peter Hutchinson face no challenge within their parties.
DFL gubernatorial candidate Kelly Doran explains where he stands on issues ranging from health care to gay marriage as part of Midday's ongoing Meet the Candidates series.
A candidate forum on business issues was the latest in which Attorney General Mike Hatch chose not to participate. Some Democrats are wondering why Hatch is keeping a low profile on the campaign trail.
The governor's rivals say Pawlenty is clearly running for re-election so he should cancel his weekly radio show. But the governor and the station that airs the program say legally Pawlenty is not a candidate, and his opponents should not expect to get equal airtime.
DFL candidate Kelly Doran leads the money chase
in the Minnesota governor's race, thanks mainly to his own loans. In the Senate race, Mark Kennedy is outpacing DFLer Amy Klobuchar.
Issues of particular concern to women dominated the latest DFL gubernatorial forum, sponsored by the DFL Feminist Caucus on Sunday.
DFL gubernatorial candidate Kelly Doran has added State Sen. Sheila Kiscaden to his ticket. Kiscaden was an Independence Party member and former Republican from Rochester, who is switching to the DFL Party. Doran and Kiscaden say they plan to reach out to Minnesotans across the political spectrum.
Now, as party activists learn of DFLer Kelly Doran's past donations to Republicans, the candidate for governor finds himself defending his Democratic credentials.
The 2006 race for Minnesota governor became more visible Friday, when four candidates shared a stage for the first time. Democrats Kelly Doran, Steve Kelley and Becky Lourey, and Independence Party member Peter Hutchinson spoke at a business forum on early childhood education. The four criticized Gov. Pawlenty's leadership in this area.
Attorney General Mike Hatch is officially entering the governor's race. Hatch could be a formidable candidate, having won statewide office twice. But he also ran unsuccessfully for governor twice in the 1990s, and there's no guarantee he will get the DFL endorsement in '06. Several DFLers are already running for governor, and they say Hatch joining the race doesn't discourage them at all.
Kelly Doran says he's exiting Minnesota's
U.S. Senate race and entering the governor's race because he
underestimated the impact being a senator would have on his family.
A political newcomer who calls himself a centrist Democrat has entered the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mark Dayton. Kelly Doran will use some of his personal wealth as he woos moderate Democrats in the race.
Senate candidates Mark Kennedy, Amy Klobuchar
and Patty Wetterling each list assets of less than $1 million in
financial disclosure forms while a fourth candidate said his assets
and liabilities both exceed $50 million, according to an Associated
A little known real estate developer announced
Monday that he will challenge child-safety advocate Patty
Wetterling and Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar for the
Minnesota DFL's nomination in the 2006 U.S. Senate race.