GOP state Sen. Karin Housley says she won’t run for governor

State Sen. Karin Housley says she won’t seek the Republican Party nomination for governor.

The first-term senator from Washington County had been mentioned as a possible addition to the crowded GOP field hoping to defeat Gov. Mark Dayton, who is seeking re-election in November.

Housley works in real estate. Her husband, Phil, is a former pro hockey player who is now an assistant coach for the Nashville Predators.

She said in a statement that she considered the gubernatorial run, but after talking with family and constituents, decided against it:

“I was elected in 2012 to the State Senate and 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. 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, and for that reason I will not seek any office in 2014.”

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