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Citing a mild heart attack the Friday before Memorial Day, Crawford said he and his family had grown concerned about his health.

GOP Rep. Crawford won’t seek re-election

GOP Rep. Roger Crawford

Republican Rep. Roger Crawford said on Monday he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall, announcing his decision just one day before deadline for candidates to file for office in the state.

Crawford, who is from Mora and was first elected in 2010, announced his decision in an e-mail to constituents. Citing a mild heart attack the Friday before Memorial Day, Crawford said he and his family had grown concerned about his health. Most recently, he was hospitalized in St. Paul to receive a pair of stints, and Crawford has had two heart attacks since last July and now has five stints in his heart.

“Needless to say, this has my family and me concerned,” he wrote. “This has been a difficult decision because I feel strongly in the conservative agenda for Minnesota. I believe the Legislature has made good strides in getting Minnesota back on a sustainable path and I would like to see that progress continue.”

Crawford said he would continue to serve as a legislator until his term ends next year.

The seat Crawford would have run in this fall, House District 11B, is thought to be a GOP-leaning swing district, with its partisan index set at 51.1 percent Republican, according to a Common Cause analysis.

Three DFLers had competed for their party’s endorsement to challenge Crawford, although no one won the endorsement. Former DFL Rep. Tim Faust, Pine City Nathan Johnson and Quamba Mayor Tom Ladwig faced off for the endorsement and could be headed to a primary.

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