Slawik retires

Rep. Nora Slawik, DFL-Maplewood, announced today that she won’t be running for reelection. Slawik, who was first elected to the Minnesota House in 1996, cited financial obligations for not running again.

“While I would thoroughly enjoy the honor of continuing to represent our area, the financial circumstances of having one child in college and another preparing for college make that difficult,” Slawik said in a statement.

Slawik is best known at the State Capitol for her work around early childhood education.  She said she’s most proud of the work she’s done to help establish the Office of Early Learning, create a Quality Rating System for child care in the state and helped secure Race to the Top money for Minnesota.

Update: DFL Rep. Denise Dittrich is also retiring.

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