Freshman State Senator Al DeKruif (de-KRIFE) of Elysian has announced he won’t run for office this year. The announcement comes 12 days after a new redistricting map put him in the same district as fellow Republican Senator Julie Rosen of Fairmont. DeKruif said last week he wouldn’t challenge the 10-year veteran Rosen but was considering moving to an open district just north of his rural Elysian home. As recently as Saturday DeKruif told delegates at the Blue Earth County Republican Convention that he was still conflicted. However Sunday, DeKruif said in a written statement he needs to do what is best for his family and that he felt moving his residence was the wrong decision.
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