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Woodbury mayor files for governor’s race

Mary Giuliani Stephens. 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.

Stephens joins two other Woodbury Republicans -- Nickolay Bey and Lance Johnson -- who’ve filed to run for governor.

Gov. Mark Dayton's second term ends in early 2019. Nearly 20 candidates have filed to replace him.

Stephens plans to make a public announcement Wednesday in Woodbury.