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Special ed teacher seeks GOP nod for governor

HIBBING — Rob Farnsworth, a 35-year-old special education teacher from Hibbing, announced Wednesday that he will seek office as Minnesota’s next governor. He said he intends to seek the GOP endorsement.

This will be Farnsworth’s second run for political office. In 2010, he also sought his party’s endorsement to run against Congressman Jim Oberstar, but Farnsworth stepped aside when Chip Cravaack received the Republican nod instead.

Farnsworth, the son of a miner, has been a union member for 15 years and previously served as a union local president while working as an educator for the Department of Corrections. He said the Republican Party should stop thinking of labor in adversarial terms and should instead stress common goals.

“Union members should understand that Republicans want to create jobs, and that’s good for unions,” he said.

He stressed education as a key issue, calling for school-to-work programs to help more young people find gainful employment after high school graduation.

Farnsworth said he also will advocate for more investment in the state’s roads and bridges, and called for increased school security.

Farnsworth earned an undergraduate degree in history from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s degree in special education from Minnesota State University in Mankato.

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