Vandeveer bolts, jolts Senate race by announcing he won’t seek re-election
In a last-minute decision on Tuesday, June 5, State Sen. Ray Vandeveer, R-Forest Lake, has backed away from a reelection bid this fall in new Senate District 39.
Vandeveer had earlier received the Republican endorsement to run again.
Vandeveer said on Wednesday, June 6 the decision to not run was due largely to the progression of Parkinson’s disease which he has been fighting for the past decade. “It’s slowing me down,” Vandeveer said. “It’s having an impact.”
Two Republicans quickly jumped into the race.
Karin Housley of Stillwater and Eric Michael Langness of Forest Lake both filed for the four-year term in the State Senate on June 5. See more in Editor Cliff Buchan’s exclusive Forest Lake Times story.