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First in, first out. DFL Secretary of State candidate ends her campaign

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota campaigns, Democrats, Republicans, Recount Updated: August 2, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Rachel Bohman jumped into the Secretary of State's race within an hour after DFL Secretary Mark Ritchie said he would not run for a third term.

Now, two months later, she is dropping out.

Bohman, who ran some of the state's larger local election offices, said the "huge personal commitment" of a statewide race simply did not fit with her desire to care for her young family.

Rachel Bohman in 2012

Rachel Bohman in 2012

"Now is not the right time for me to seek the office of Secretary of State," she said. "We will be fortunate to have a solid field of DFL candidates and I am confident that we are stronger in holding this seat and building on the legacy of Secretary Mark Ritchie if we unite as a party as soon as possible."

Bohman said that she does not plan on endorsing any of the other candidates in the race or thinking about running and plans on returning any financial contributions she received.

State Rep. Debra Hilstrom and former Rep. Jeremy Kalin, both DFLers, have filed campaign committees to run for Secretary of State. Several other Democrats and Republicans are considering running for the seat two-term Secretary Ritchie will leave open.

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