Race for State auditor takes shape

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Aug 20, 2013 at 4:42 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto is ready to announce whether she'll try for another four years.

Otto, a Democrat, said she would reveal her decision Tuesday. She's currently in her second term.

Meanwhile, former Long Lake Mayor Randy Gilbert was kicking off his campaign for the office on Tuesday. Gilbert is making his second try for the Republican nomination after competing for it unsuccessfully in 2010.

The auditor's main role is to keep tabs on local government financial activity and investigate when there are problems. It has been a political stepping stone, too, with past auditors eventually running for governor.

Two of the last four Minnesota governors — incumbent Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and former GOP Gov. Arne Carlson — held the post earlier in their careers.

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