ST. PAUL, MN (AP) -

In his second campaign for Minnesota governor, Republican Marty Seifert wants it known he's detached from government yet knows his way around it.

That inside-outside message was on display Thursday as Seifert declared his candidacy. The former House minority leader has been out of elective office since falling short of his party's nod for governor in 2010. He joins a handful of GOP candidates vying to take on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton next year.

After spending 14 years in the state House, Seifert transitioned to real estate and hospital work back home in Marshall. Republicans will meet at their state convention in May to consider endorsing a candidate. But an August primary challenge is almost certain. Seifert didn't commit to ending his campaign if someone else is endorsed.