Mike Hatch Files to Run for Attorney General

Mike Hatch Files to Run for Attorney General Photo: KSTP

June 05, 2018 12:23 PM

A former Minnesota Attorney General has thrown his name into the hat in the race for his old office.

Records at the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office show Mike Hatch filed as a candidate Tuesday morning. Hatch, the DFL candidate for governor in 2006, was elected to the attorney general's office in 1998 and held it until January 2007. He was defeated by Tim Pawlenty in the 2006 governor's race.


However, KSTP's Tom Hauser reports Hatch is not definitely running and filed as a placeholder. He will make a decision based on who else might file.

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Delegates to the DFL convention in Rochester last weekend endorsed activist Matt Pelikan for attorney general over DFL incumbent Lori Swanson, who was first elected to the attorney general job succeeding Hatch in 2006.

Swanson then announced Monday she will compete as a candidate for governor in the DFL primary.

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Records at the secretary of state's office show that, as of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Hatch, Pelikan, and Republicans Sharon Anderson and Doug Wardlow had filed to run for attorney general.

The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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