- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A former Democratic congressman and a retired Republican legislator have been left off a list of finalists for the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

The Regent Candidate Advisory Council forwarded 10 finalists Thursday for five seats on the university’s governing board. The Legislature will elect regents in coming weeks, with 101 Democratic legislators and 100 Republicans doing the voting. Lawmakers aren’t bound by the recommendations.

Former U.S. Rep. Bill Luther and former Moorhead Rep. Morrie Lanning were among 24 applicants who didn’t make the cut.

Current Regents Chairman Richard Beeson is the only incumbent after another six-year term, but faces competition from former state Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel.

Claire Bender, Randy Simonson, Michael Belzer, Paula Prahl, Michael Hsu, Steve Laraway, Tom Anderson and Mike Yost are the other finalists.

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