When Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced he wouldn’t be seeking a third term, state Sen. Roger Reinert was one of those expressing an interest in the job.
Reinert, who served on the Duluth city council before being elected to the Legislator, has now told the Duluth News Tribune that he’s not running.
The timing’s not right, he said.
Although he thinks he could handle the challenges of the job, he told the paper: “I’m at a point where there are some things in my personal life that are frankly higher priority and what I want to attend to right now.”
Reinert said he has two years left in his Senate term, he recently enrolled in a four-year program at the Hamline University School of Law, and he said he enjoys his work as an instructor at Lake Superior College. He’s also a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
So far, campaigns for mayor have been launched by Duluth City Council President Emily Larson and City Councilor Howie Hanson. Former Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon has also said she’ll decide by April whether to get into the race.