ROCHESTER - Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Scott Wright, of Rochester, has decided not to run as a Republican candidate for Minnesota's 1st Congressional District in 2014. The announcement comes just days after he stated he was considering a run.
Wright said that since May, state and national Republicans have urged him to run and led to him considering the possibility. He made the decision after discussing it with his family.
Wright felt he would have been a strong candidate due to his support in the populous Rochester area and his belief that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act would be a major campaign issue.
He also indicated he may still step back into his current role as a strong Republican activist in the Rochester area. He has been very active in recent years with the Republican Party and even previously served on the Minnesota Republican Party's Executive committee.
With Wright out of the race, that leaves a potential field of five candidates vying to be the official Republican challenger. Only Rep. Mike Benson of Rochester has officially announced. Byron veteran Aaron Miller, former 1st District endorsed candidate Jim Hagedorn of Blue Earth, former state Sen. Al DeKruif of Madison Lake and former state Sen. Mike Parry of Waseca have all interest in running.
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