Atkins no longer considering running for Kline’s seat

In a recent message to his constituents, state Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, announced that he is no longer considering running for a seat in Congress.

A few weeks ago, he had said that he was giving the idea “serious consideration” after Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline’s Sept. 4 announcement that he will be retiring at the end of his term.

Atkins also wrote that he is considering running for an “open seat,” though he did not specify what that would be.

He told his constituents that he has enjoyed his role as a lawmaker in Minnesota, citing some of his proudest accomplishments, and noting that it may not be as easy to help people directly in a congressional office.

“With Congress’s seemingly endless stalemate and shutdown politics, I’m not sure these sorts of things would be possible in Washington,” Atkins said.

After stating that he had received hundreds of phone calls, texts and emails urging him to run for Congress, Atkins said, “I plan to continue my service right here in Minnesota.”

—Jesse Poole

 

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