Rebecca Otto, the current three-term State Auditor, has announced she is running for governor in 2018.
Otto, who has long said she was considering a run for governor, is the third Democrat to announce that she wants the job.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman said in December that he would vie for the seat. State Rep. Erin Murphy, of St. Paul and a former House majority leader, was the first to formally declare her interest shortly after the 2016 election concluded. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Attorney General Lori Swanson and U.S. Rep. Tim Walz are possible contenders.
Otto, 53, has three statewide election victories to her credit — plus a term as a state representative — but she may not start the race with a high profile. Although two other auditors have become governor in the past — former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson held the post, as did Dayton — the office has not been terribly prominent.