The following email was sent out to the my 2010 Steve Quist for Senate campaign email list today:
It won’t be long and we will begin to hear a more consistent drone from Republican candidates who plan to challenge Barack Obama and Amy Klobuchar in 2012. While few of us are looking forward to the upcoming federal cycle that will likely be brought to you by X, Y and Z corporations, it isn’t too early to begin thinking about the local races.
Many people forget that the Minnesota Senate which is generally a four year term is only a two year term in years that end with zero. That means in 2012, the DFL will not only be challenging Pat Garofalo and Mary Liz Holberg, if they both choose to run again, but we also must challenge newly elected State Senator Dave Thompson for his senate seat.
Despite an abundance of stickers and donation envelopes in my basement, I will not be running against Mr. Thompson again in 2012. That means we need to find DFL challengers for Dave Thompson so they can begin raising the cash needed to fight in a competitive race. If you are interested, or know of somebody who might be interested, I’ve learned a lot in the last year, and would be willing to share my plans, a (too late) developed strategy and a big list of do’s and do not’s.
My decision not to run was difficult. When I first decided to seek the 2010 endorsement, I had planned for it to be a one-time thing to ensure the DFL had a name on the ballot. Once I started to campaign, I kind of liked it and decided maybe to consider a second attempt in 2012. But, despite having a great time meeting people and talking to people, I never felt really comfortable being a candidate. I think I am more suited to be a behind the scenes participant, than a front and center candidate. Even as I became more comfortable and I considered the idea of running again in 2012, I still thought there is a better candidate somewhere in Senate District 36.
My original plan for 2012 was to announce I would not seek the DFL endorsement allowing the district to find another candidate to take my spot. At the same time, my intention was to continue to raise a little cash until a new candidate stepped forward. My thought was if another candidate stepped forward I could pass the cash on to the other candidate, or in case a new candidate didn’t step forward, I would have a little bundle to start the 2012 campaign with. But on the advice of several local DFLers and fundraising people, I have been advised not to continue to raise cash or to keep the door open to a possible 2012 run, so I will end my fundraising and campaigning immediately.
I thank you for your donation of money, we ended 2012 in the black, with a little surplus thanks to recent donations, as well as your donation of time, prayers and well wishes. I look forward to helping the 2012 candidates and continuing to be involved with Senate District 36, Congressional District 2 and working to move the DFL forward as a member of the DFL State Central Committee. Aside from the state Senate seat, we are working on messaging in our district and will work to get that message out on a consistent basis throughout the election cycle. I encourage you to think about how you can help. We need letters to the editor, donations to Senate District 36, participation at DFL events and candidates to support for City Councils, School Boards, Township Councils, as well as State House and State Senate seats. Please get in touch with me if you want to be involved, feel free to “friend” me on Facebook, follow me (MNDem) on Twitter or contact me through my personal email.
I look forward to seeing and talking to you in this exciting new year.
Prepared and paid for by Steve Quist for Senate, 18208 Empire Trail, Farmington, MN 55024