Sen. Karin Housley told The Gazette the morning of Feb. 3 that she will not run for governor of Minnesota.
She released the following statement via text message:
“There has been a number of people encouraging me to run for Governor and I want to thank them for all they have said and done, and frankly I was a bit overwhelmed by the people who called, wrote and encouraged me. But after thinking about it, talking to my family and the constituents of the 39th Senate District, I felt that this is not the right time for me.
I was elected in 2012 to the State Senate and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people, getting a better feel for the challenges they face and working to provide solutions to those challenges.
I want to stay in the senate, continue to work for the people who elected me and work to make this state a better place and for that reason I will not seek office in 2014.
We have real challenges with MNsure, out of control state spending and bringing more jobs to Minnesota and those are things I am going to continue to work on.
We have a number of very good Republican candidates running for governor and look forward to supporting our Republican nominee in the fall.”
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