BREEZY POINT — State Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, announced she will not be seeking re-election to another term in the Minnesota Senate.
Ruud’s announcement on Monday, May 2, comes a month after she failed to win approval from local Republican delegates in the new 6 Senate District. They instead chose State Sen. Justin Eichorn, R-Grand Rapids. Eichorn and Ruud were settled in the same district following the once-a-decade redistricting process triggered by the U.S. Census.
“It was one of the great honors of my life to serve Aitkin and Crow Wing counties in the Minnesota Senate. I am grateful to my constituents for trusting me. I believe I served with honesty and integrity,” Ruud said in a press release.
“I would like to thank my family, my friends and all those who have so kindly supported me during my time in the Senate. My next plans, other than a few vacations and time with loved ones, are unclear. I will approach this future with a servant’s heart, faith in God and gratitude for all opportunities and experiences.
Ruud, 71, served in the state Senate for two terms: 2003-2006 and 2013-present. She is Chair of the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Legacy Policy and Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee. She also serves on the executive committee of the Great Lakes Commission, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board, the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council, the School Trust Commission, and is the past president of the National Foundation of Women Legislators.
The new Senate District 6 includes the cities of Grand Rapids and Brainerd as well as other parts of Itasca, Cass and Crow Wing counties. After the redistricting maps were released and ahead of the endorsement convention, Ruud told the Dispatch she would run for re-election and criticized two-term Senator Eichorn for announcing her own race. She indicated that she believed her seniority in the Senate was an asset to the region.
“He had other options. He could have moved to District 7 – he lives just outside the borders,” Ruud said on Feb. 18. “It would be a great district for him. mining and logging and all the stuff he loves, so I was sad that he decided to do this, but it’s his choice.
Eichorn said he publicly shared his intention to run for office before the redistricting results and was following that plan.
“I just stayed consistent with what I was saying to my supporters and delegates and the people who supported me,” Eichorn said in an interview the same day.