NEW ULM - Rural New Ulm resident Nikolas Boyce has withdrawn his candidacy for Minnesota House District 19A.
Boyce, a recent Bethany Lutheran College graduate, had filed to run as the Republican challenge to Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL-St. Peter) on Tuesday. But he pulled his name from the ballot by Thursday. The 22-year-old Boyce would have been the second recent graduate to challenge Morrow in an election.
Boyce declined to comment on his withdrawal of candidacy, saying only that the move was for personal reasons.
Another source knowledgeable on the situation, who asked not to be named, said that Boyce wanted to focus on pursuing a career and felt he couldn't give the campaign the time it deserved.
Morrow said Boyce's withdrawal is good new, but it doesn't automatically translate into more free time.
"With redistricting, I have thousands a new people to introduce myself to. I also have a great deal of parades and door knocking that I need to do to keep in touch with my constituents," said Morrow.
Morrow's lack of an opponent makes him the third candidate from the Mankato region to be running unopposed this year. Sen. Kathy Brynaert (DFL-Mankato) and Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Good Thunder) both have no challengers, making most of Mankato's races already finalized by Thursday. Morrow said he was unsure what was causing the phenomenon, but he suggested the absence of severely partisan attitudes in the area may have contributed.
Morrow said that after three campaigns, the absence of an election race would be a very new experience for him and his family.
"It will be interesting to see how it goes," said Morrow.
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