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Ruud runs for 10 Senate seat

Carrie Ruud of Breezy Point Monday announced her candidacy for the newly created Senate District 10 seat, stating that reducing burdensome business regulations would be her top priority.

Ruud, 60, is a former state senator and Breezy Point mayor. She will seek the Republican endorsement for the seat. Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Brainerd, announced today he plans to move into the East Gull Lake Pillsbury Forest area and run for the open Senate District 9 seat.

Ruud said that reducing business regulations would help create employment opportunities in Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. She said her roots in the district and experience as co-owner of Lakes and Leisure Realty would help her represent the district.

“People have to have jobs,” she said. “That’s my major focus.”

Ruud said she hadn’t yet gotten into the specifics of which business regulations might be eliminated. She owns her real estate business with her husband.

Other issues she will emphasize include the environment, tourism and health care. Noting that her parents are both age 96, she said she wants to make sure the elderly have good safety nets.

She said she’s maintained many contacts in the Legislature and she has connections throughout the new Senate District 10. She said relatives had a cabin in McGrath where she has spent time.

Ruud has also served on the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection. In 2009, she unsuccessfully sought the post of chair of the Minnesota Republican Party.

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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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