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Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon says she won’t be on Dayton re-election ticket

MinnPost photo by Briana Bierschbach
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon speaking during Tuesday's press conference.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon — citing a desire to take a break and spend more time with her family — says she will not run for re-election alongside Gov. Mark Dayton this fall.

Prettner Solon announced the news at a Tuesday morning press conference after meeting with the governor for about 40 minutes on Monday to discuss their political future. Dayton is in Washington, D.C., for a meeting.

She has said she and the governor have a distant relationship. She said she anticipated being more involved in more policy initiatives as lieutenant governor, but she carved out a niche of her own working on initiatives for seniors and Minnesotans with disabilities.

Prettner Solon got her start in politics 25 years ago when she ran and won a seat on the Duluth City Council. She joined the state Senate in 2002 after winning a special election to replace her husband, who died.

She said it’s up to Dayton to pick her replacement on the ballot this fall.

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Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by mark wallek on 01/14/2014 - 10:10 am.


    A resignation without scandal. How refreshing is this?!

  2. Submitted by Mike Supina on 01/14/2014 - 10:41 am.

    Lt Gov. is a career cul-de-sac…

    …in Minnesota. Near as I can tell, the last one who continued in politics was Rudy Perpich.

  3. Submitted by Hiram Foster on 01/14/2014 - 10:55 am.

    More time with the family

    I always wonder why politicians use this cliche even if it’s true. Gov. Dayton is a strange guy. I have literally no idea why he didn’t make a point of working more closely with his lieutenant governor.

    • Submitted by Paul Brandon on 01/14/2014 - 11:41 am.

      Like the Vice Presidency

      The office is a spare part.
      By itself it’s not worth ‘a warm bucket of (spit — the original was somewhat more pungent)’.

  4. Submitted by John Bracken on 01/14/2014 - 11:18 am.


    What does a Lt.Guv do? Seems like it is an unneeded position. While at it, figure out a way to reduce the State House and Senate by at least a third.

  5. Submitted by Howard Salute on 01/14/2014 - 12:03 pm.

    Opportunity for MNSure Scapegoat?

    What a great opportunity for Yvonne to take one for the team. For the sake of the greater good, can’t we saddle Yvonne with blame for the MNSure problem on her way out the door? .

  6. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 01/14/2014 - 12:20 pm.

    A woman with a conscience

    She was probably feeling guilty for collecting $76,000 a year of taxpayer money for essentially doing nothing.

    Good for you, Yvonne.

  7. Submitted by jason myron on 01/14/2014 - 04:38 pm.

    I’m still shocked to hear

    that Dayton declared war on rural Minnesota. I hope he conquers the 6th district first…I would welcome him as a liberator.

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