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Council member Phillip Sterner, local vet Kurt Hansen announce plans to run for House seat

There are at least two Rosemount residents with an eye on the seat longtime Minnesota Rep. Dennis Ozment will vacate after this year.

Dr. Kurt Hansen, veterinarian and long-time resident of Rosemount, and current Rosemount City Council member Phillip Sterner announced Wednesday that they will run to replace Ozment, who has served in the House since 1984.

Both names should be familiar to Rosemount residents. Sterner and Hansen have been on opposite sides of Rosemount's continuing efforts to redevelop the city's downtown business district -- Sterner as a council member and Hansen as a property owner vocally opposed to the plans.

"Years of experience in the business community of Rosemount, and recent political interactions in a local eminent domain case have well-prepared me for a larger venue of commitment," Hansen said in a press release. "I have been given opportunities in our town, and been successful over the years. I now feel it is time for me to return the community's generosity by offering my energy and knowledge for the good of the district."

Hansen ran for mayor in 2006 but lost to Bill Droste.

Sterner has been a resident of Dakota County for more than 40 years and has lived in Rosemount since 1985. He owns an independent insurance agency located in Apple Valley.

Sterner plans to run on a platform that supports environmental sustainability, reformed education funding, multi-pronged transportation solutions and job growth.