House Majority Leader Matt Dean says he will seek re-election this fall, setting in motion a battle for the Republican endorsement against fellow GOP Rep. Carol McFarlane.
Dean announced his intentions to run for re-election on his Facebook page on Monday. Dean said he plans to seek and abide by the Republican endorsement in the newly configured House District 38B.
“I’m running for re-election because the state needs to continue on this fiscally conservative path,” Dean wrote. “We also have lots of work left on our Reform 2.0 agenda, dramatically changing the way we deliver state government on behalf of the taxpayers.”
Dean’s announcement comes about two weeks after the state’s new redistricting maps dropped, which placed Dean’s Dellwood hometown in the same district as White Bear Lake, where McFarlane lives and has represented since 2006.
McFarlane previously announced her plans to run for the House seat, as the new district still contains 80 percent of the cities she represented in her old district. She also plans to abide by the endorsement.
Dean, who is currently serving his fourth term, rose to the majority leader post after the 2010 GOP takeover, which he helped orchestrate as the caucus’ lead on election efforts.
The district’s endorsing convention will take place on March 31.