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Lourey opts against run for Congress

State Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, announced Saturday evening that he will not run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Rick Nolan.After Nolan announced earlier this month that he would retire at the end of t...

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Sen. Tony Lourey

State Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, announced Saturday evening that he will not run for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Rick Nolan.
After Nolan announced earlier this month that he would retire at the end of the current term, Lourey had told the News Tribune he was "seriously looking" at running for the seat.
But in a statement posted on Twitter, Lourey said that “after much deliberation, I’ve decided I can do more for the people in Northeastern Minnesota - my home - by continuing my work in the State Senate.”
Lourey, who was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006, noted his many years spent working on health and human services issues, and said that in the coming years “most of the hard work and creativity around health and human services … will be done at the state level, not in Washington, D.C. … I can contribute far more to this collective effort here.”
Lourey said in his statement that he would work to support a DFL candidate in the 8th District race, but did not endorse anyone.
Candidates in the race so far include four Democrats - North Branch Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy, retired TV news anchor Michelle Lee, former FBI intelligence analyst Leah Phifer and former state representative Joe Radinovich - as well as Republican Pete Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner, and Independence Party candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman.

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