Updated: 01/14/2014 5:39 PM
Created: 01/14/2014 9:12 AM WDIO.com
By: Jon Ellis & Maarja Anderson
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon will not seek re-election, she announced Tuesday morning at a press conference in St. Paul. Prettner Solon and Gov. Mark Dayton were elected in 2010 and the offices are up for re-election this fall.
“It has been a great privilege, and my distinct honor, to serve the people of Minnesota as Lt. Governor,” said Prettner Solon. “I am proud of the many important achievements we have made over the last three years to build a better Minnesota, and I have no plans to slow down or scale back that work in the year ahead.”
The lieutenant governor said it wasn't a quick or easy decision, but after 25 years in public office, she wants more flexibility in her life. She's looking forward to having time to travel, more time to spend with her family, and time to get back home.
"One of the things is that I miss Duluth, I've been away too long," she said.
Prettner Solon invited Eyewitness News to talk in her capitol office where memorabilia from Duluth lined the shelves and walls. She said her 12 years on the Duluth City Council made some of her proudest moments.
"When we did the Lakewalk, when we re-did Canal Park, when we bricked the streets, and all those wonderful things that helped in re-visioning our whole economy in Duluth," said Prettner Solon.
Above her desk, there is a large print of the Edmund Fitzgerald. She said the print hung in her late husband's state Senate office. Following Sam Solon's death, she took over her husbands seat and served for nine years.
Prettner Solon said her years on the Duluth City Council and in the state Senate helped her to understand the people of northeastern Minnesota, and she said she took that knowledge with her to the lieutenant governor's office.
"I am always aware that we need to be here to be the voice and the ear for greater Minnesota," she explained.
In 2014, Prettner Solon said she will continue advocating for greater Minnesota and Minnesota seniors.
As for her plans for the future, she said she will take a break but won't rule out running for office in the future.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement: "On behalf of a grateful DFL Party I would like to thank Yvonne Prettner Solon for her excellent work as Lieutenant Governor...I wish Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon the best in what she does next; knowing Yvonne, I am confident she will continue to be an important part of building a better Minnesota."
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