State Sen. Housley declines to run for Governor’s office

Sen. Karin Housley
Sen. Karin Housley

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.”