Sen. Karin Housley said on Monday that she will not seek the Republican nomination for governor.
“There have been a number of people encouraging me to run for governor and I want to thank them all for what they’ve said and done,” Housley said Monday night. 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 constituents of the 39th Senate District, I feel that it is not the right time for me.”
Housley, a real estate agent, was elected to the Senate in 2012.
“I 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, Housley said in a statement.”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.
Housley said there are real challenges with MNSure, “”out-of-control state spending” and bringing more jobs to Minnesota, and those are things she plans to focus on.”
“We have a number of very good Republican candidates running for governor,” she said, “and I look forward to supporting our Republican nominee in the fall.”
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