Duluth senator Reinert won’t run again

State Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth)

State Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth)

State Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) announced today he would not seek re-election in 2016.

“2015 was amazing,” said Reinert in his statement. “I finished my first year of law school, was promoted to Lt. Commander in the Navy, and most importantly – got married. 2016 is the right time for the next chapter of life.”

Reiner has served Duluth in various capacities for 13 years. He began as a Duluth city councilor before running for State Representative and then running for Senate after one term in the House.

“I am truly thankful for the honor and privilege to serve the community I love. My work is not done though, and I look forward to advocating for Duluth during the 2016 legislative session,” said Sen. Reinert.

“I believe in lofty concepts like citizenship and democracy, and I believe in serving your community. I initially ran for the Legislature to try and make the state a more reliable partner to local governments. I’ve worked hard to fulfill that pledge during my time at the State Capitol.”

Reinert vowed to give his all in his last year in office, including work on Duluth bonding projects, a comprehensive transportation bill, and fair tax legislation.

“As a runner, I learned long ago you don’t back off at the end of a race – you push hard all the way through the finish line. Duluthians can expect that same mentality from me in my final year at the Legislature,” said Reinert.

Reinert’s departure leaves an open state senate seat. District 7 includes nearly all of the city of Duluth, making this like a glorified city race. The district is an absolute DFL fortress. The open seat could, however, signal a very interesting DFL primary. Let the speculation begin!

We will, of course, cover the District 7 race here at MinnesotaBrown.com.

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