Another DFL legislator, Rep. John Benson, won’t seek re-election

State Rep. John Benson, a DFLer from Minnetonka, said Wednesday that he won’t seek re-election in 2014.

He’s the second DFL state representative to announce a retirement this week. State Rep. Thomas Huntley of Duluth, who led on many health care issues, said Tuesday that he won’t seek a 12th term.

Benson was first elected in 2006 and will serve out his fourth term in the upcoming session starting in February.

A retired teacher, Benson said in his retirement announcement:

“To the best of my ability the votes I have cast and the legislation I have authored focused on our state government’s primary mission, the best possible delivery of essential services: quality public education, law enforcement, transportation, environmental protection and care for those unable to provide for themselves. I have viewed these past eight years in our citizen’s legislature as an opportunity for me to help improve Minnesota’s quality of life and then to return to private life.”

Soon after Benson’s announcement, Jon Applebaum announced he’ll seek the DFL endorsement to run for the seat. Applebaum says he’s a local attorney, entrepreneur and DFL activist.

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