Former Duluth City Councilor and aide to U.S. Representative Rick Nolan has formally announced he won't be running for Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District Seat.
Anderson had previously said he was considering running, however he released his latest decision late Monday afternoon.
Other candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat include Leah Phifer, Michelle Lee, North Branch Mayor Kirsten Kennedy, and former Minnesota State Representative Joe Radinovich who are all running on the DFL ticket.
St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber is running for the Republican ticket.
Ray "Skip" Sandman is running as an Independent.
Anderson released the following statement with his decision:
"Friends, after much thought and reflection, I have decided that at this time, I will not be running for Congress in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. Having a strong, smart and passionate person representing us in Congress is critical for our region and why I am encouraging State Representative Jason Metsa to run for this seat. Jason has the record that best fits the district and the principles most closely aligned with our great Congressman Rick Nolan. Jason has a proven track record of electability and will be a strong voice fighting for jobs, affordable health care and our way of life in here in Minnesota. Working these past 5 years for Congressman Nolan has been a great honor and privilege. I look forward to continuing the work with him until the end of his term in office."