Rep Paul Thissen (DFL-61B, Minneapolis) ended his campaign for Governor after the DFL Precinct Caucuses. He posted the following on Facebook.
I am ending my campaign for Governor today. I have been incredibly blessed and honored to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Minnesota in the State House for fifteen years and look back fondly on the amazing people I’ve met and the many good things we’ve been able to accomplish together that have improved the lives of Minnesotans. Not many people get such a chance and I’ve done my best to do all I could with that opportunity. But I know from experience that so much of life is not just working hard, but is also being in the right place at the right time. Now is not the right time for my candidacy.
To all who have helped in so many ways, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your willingness to step up will be something I carry with me for a long time.
As always, a lot of work remains ahead. Above all, Minnesota is commonly ranked as the second most racially unequal state in the country. The greatest legacy we could leave in the next decade is to adopt the focus and policies needed to make us the most equal state. I hope that discussion forms the heart of the 2018 campaign.
All my best.