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Woodbury Mayor files for governor's race

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, pictured here in February 2017, recently said "stay tuned" when asked if she's considering a run for statewide office. Youssef Rddad / RiverTown Multimedia

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens is running for Minnesota governor next year.

Stephens filed for governor as a Republican Monday after previously hinting to RiverTown Multimedia that she was seeking a statewide bid.

Among the dozen Republican candidates who've filed ahead of the 2018 race, Stephens is the first announced female candidate.

She was elected mayor in 2011 after previously serving on the Woodbury City Council. Her term as mayor ends next year.