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Hibbing Rep. Carly Melin won't seek re-election

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Another Minnesota lawmaker has announced they won't seek re-election this year.

State Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, released a statement Thursday saying she won't be running again, and instead will be focusing on her law career and spending more time with her family.

"Today, after much consideration, I announce my decision not to seek re-election to the Minnesota House of Representatives for a 4th term. It has been a privilege to serve in the legislature and a true honor to represent the citizens of my district at the Capitol," she said in the statement. 

Melin, at 30-years-old one of the youngest lawmakers at the Capitol, is in her third term after being elected to the House in a special election in 2011, and then re-elected in 2012 and 2014.

"In just a few short years, Rep. Melin has left a proud legacy of good works for the people of Minnesota," Paul Thissen, House DFL leader, said in a statement.

Melin said she is proud of the work she's done as a legislator, including increasing investment in education on the Iron Range and other community projects in the region, as well as fighting for middle class families.

She was also one of the leading voices in the ultimately successful fight to legalize medical marijuana in Minnesota, authoring legislation that became law last July. She said she is also pleased to have authored the Women's Economic Security Act and the Criminal Records Expungement law.

She chose to announce her decision now to give those considering a run for her District 6A seat time to make plans for the upcoming campaign season.

"Even as I make this announcement, I know my work – and term – is far from over. I look forward to the upcoming legislative session and plan to continue my focus on assisting Iron Range families who have been impacted by recent turmoil in the domestic steel market which in turn has impacted our taconite mining industry," the statement said.

Although she's exiting public life, she did say she'll continue to serve the public through other community involvement.

Melin is among a growing list of legislators who have recently announced plans to not seek re-election. The Pioneer Press' Rachel E. Stassen-Berger has kept a running list of politicians who are planning to retire – it's now up to 14, including seven women.

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