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One candidate's already dropping out of next year's governor's race

There are still plenty others to choose from, though

With more than a year to go until Minnesotans elect a new governor, there's a good chance that more candidates will jump into the race. 

But one early entry used Labor Day weekend to get out of the race.

Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman said in a statement released on Twitter he's ending the campaign he launched in April. 

Huffman had positioned himself as a centrist alternative within the GOP, saying on his campaign website: "While establishment politicians bicker and have difficulty getting even the most common sense measures enacted, I have a proven record of getting things done." 

Busier with his housing non-profit

One of the things Huffman's been getting done – besides his work for Ramsey County – is building houses, especially for wounded veterans. 

Huffman says he founded the Minnesota chapter of the non-profit group Journey Home, which specializes in developing housing for veterans. 

The group has built dozens of homes in the Twin Cities and this summer they announced new plans for Duluth and even a home near Grand Marais.

Huffman says his work with Journey Home MN has increased "exponentially" over the last few months and is likely to keep growing. He says that would make it hard to find the time to run a strong campaign for governor. 

His withdrawal leaves 17 candidates – 10 Republicans, six Democrats, and one from the Independence Party – still in the governor's race, according to a tally by MinnPost. After two terms, Gov. Mark Dayton will not run for re-election in 2018.

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