State Sen. Karin Housley announced Monday that she will not throw her name into the hat in the race for the state governor’s office this fall. The first-term senator from St. Mary’s Point and District 39 had been contemplating challenging DFL Gov. Mark Dayton.
Housley released the following statement:
“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 feel 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 any 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 (I) look forward to supporting our Republican nominee in the fall.”