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

She announced Tuesday her desire to take a break from public office to spend more time with her family.

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

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.