Candidate wants to be first deaf lawmaker in Minnesota history

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Rev. Emory Dively, a Republican, says he's running for the Minnesota Legislature in House District 64B. Dively is a pastor of the Twin Cities Deaf Assembly of God Church. Dively says he would be the first deaf legislator in Minnesota and the nation. He says he's running a campaign that will focus on special education, light rail transit and low taxes.

Dively will face an uphill battle in this election. He's challenging DFL Rep. Michael Paymar in a legislative district that is heavily Democratic.

Today's other candidate filings include:

Mark Ritchie, the DFL endorsed candidate for Secretary of State.

Republican Obi Sium in Minnesota's 4th Congressional District,

Minntelect also had a post that a husband and wife team is running for State Senate and State Representative. Paul Holle, a Republican, will challenge DFL Sen. Keith Langseth. Holle's wife, Angie, will challenge DFL Rep. Paul Marquardt.

Tomorrow will be a big day for filings.

Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum and a large slate of GOP House candidates will file in groups. Former State Sen. Ember Reichgott Junge, a DFLer, will file in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Former U.S. Sen. Rod Grams, a Republican, will file for the 8th Congressional District against DFL incumbent Jim Oberstar.

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