Mehring drops out of 2nd District race

Sona Mehring, who just a few weeks ago said she would challenge 2nd Congressional District Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline in next year’s elections, has dropped out of the race.

“My campaign received tremendous support and words of encouragement. The level of enthusiasm and people’s confidence in me was humbling,” said Mehring, the former CEO of the nonprofit CaringBridge.

“I came to the tough conclusion that my work with CaringBridge was not done and I needed to end my candidacy for Congress,” she said.

That means former DFL State Rep. Mike Obermueller remains as Kline’s only challenger. Obermueller ran an unsuccessful campaign against Kline in 2012.