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Former state Rep. Jeremy Kalin withdraws from secretary of state race

Jeremy Kalin, the former DFL state representative who had been running for secretary of state, says he's withdrawing from the race.

Kalin said family obligations and new opportunities at his clean energy business are the reasons he's ending his campaign. He gave supporters the news Friday on his Facebook page.

"My commitment to family — combined with another amazing opportunity to serve the public good — has led me to the difficult decision to end my campaign for Secretary of State," he wrote.

Incumbent DFL Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is not seeking re-election to a third term in November, 2014,, and Kalin was one of several DFLers who'd lined up to take a shot at the job.

Other DFLers still in the race include state Rep. Steve Simon of Hopkins and state Rep. Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center. Rachel Larson Bohman, who's worked in county elections offices, had run briefly, too, but also dropped out.

No Republicans have officially entered the race.

More from Kalin's withdrawal statement:

Connecting with voters is a joy for me, and a chance to fulfill one part of my life's work through elected service. But every missed bedtime for our two-year-old twins has tugged at my heart more than I was prepared for, in light of this summer's tragedy [the death of a friend's 20-year-old son]. My wife, Hope, is an amazing partner, but I know that the campaign is a challenge for her — and for our kids, Jonah and Leah.

And:

Just as the campaign really got rolling, opportunities for my business — Eutectics Consulting — took off. We have figured out how to finance sustainability, particularly clean energy improvements to buildings like roof-top solar systems or deep energy efficiency upgrades. The past two weeks, I've participated in high-level national dialogues about scaling up our work while maintaining our commitment to emphasizing local capital and local benefits. These are not projects I can hand off to staff - they require my full attention to move them from possibility to completion.

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