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Fargo school official named running mate in Minnesota gubernatorial election

Cory Hepola and Tamara Uselman will make public appearances together on Tuesday morning, May 17, in St. Paul and at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moorhead Public Library.

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Tamara Uselman, candidate for Minnesota lieutenant governor.
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ST. PAUL — The Forward Party candidate for Minnesota governor, Cory Hepola, has chosen the director of equity and inclusion of Fargo Public Schools, Tamara Uselman, as his lieutenant governor running mate.

A native of New York Mills, Minnesota, and a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, Uselman is a mother of three, grandmother of six and married to Tim Uselman, a retired truck driver and heavy equipment operator.

Uselman's career in education spans nearly four decades in both Minnesota and North Dakota, as a teacher, principal, superintendent and director of equity and inclusion.

Hepola is a Perham, Minnesota, native and former WCCO radio host and KARE-11 news anchor.

Hepola and Uselman will make public appearances together on Tuesday morning, May 17, in St. Paul and at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moorhead Public Library. The two are seeking office as part of November's general election.

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The Forward Party of Minnesota describes itself as "a political party for the logical, reasonable, solutions oriented voter in Minnesota," according to the party's website. "Our objective is to run candidates and win offices throughout the State of Minnesota while providing a beacon for good governance, policy reform, and political statesmanship."

Minnesota's DFL and Republican parties will hold primaries Tuesday, Aug. 9, to determine which of their respective candidates will advance to the general election. Eight GOP candidates are in the race — Paul Gazelka, Scott Jensen, Joyce Lacey, Scott Magie, Mike Murphy, Kendall Qualls, Neil Shah and Richard Stanek — and DFL Gov. Tim Walz is running for reelection.

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