Updated: 01/07/2014 6:27 PM
Created: 01/07/2014 5:51 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
One less Republican is in the running for Congress in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District.
Sen. John C. Pederson of St. Cloud announced on his website he will no longer seek Minnesota’s Sixth District Office for U.S. Congress to replace Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.
Pederson said in a statement on his website, “This decision weighed heavily on me and my family, and was made after much reflection and consideration. The priorities in my life have always been my faith, family and friends, my co-workers, and the wider community. It has become apparent to me that I cannot continue this campaign and still balance my other priorities in life. Because of this conflict I have decided to withdraw my name from the race.” said Pederson.
Remaining Republicans competing to replace Bachmann, who chose not to seek another term, are: Anoka County Board Chairwoman Rhonda Sivarajah; former Rep. Phil Krinkie, of Shoreview, and former Rep. Tom Emmer of Delano, a failed 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Democrats running are: Judy Adams, of Circle Pines, and Jim Read, a professor at the College of St. Benedict.
Bachmann has represented the 6th District since 2006.