DFL Rep. Sandra Peterson is retiring from the Minnesota House after eight years in the chamber.
Peterson represents House District 45A and filed to run in her newly-drawn district when campaign filings opened on Tuesday. But by Wednesday afternoon she issued a statement saying she intended to retire, citing “recent, unexpected health concerns.” Peterson’s current district covers the cities of Crystal, New Hope and Plymouth.
“I need to refocus my energies onto recuperation and spending time with my family,” Peterson wrote. “I will not be able to devote the time and energy necessary to serving my constituents in the manner they deserve from their elected representative.”
Peterson, who served as co-president of teachers union Education Minnesota before coming the the Legislature, said she was most proud of her work on education during her time in the House. However, she cautioned that lawmakers still owe school districts more than $2 billion in shift payments.
“I’m proud of the many education reforms we have achieved in the last several years — especially those in early childhood education. However, much work remains to be done, including paying back the $2.4 billion we still owe our students,” Peterson wrote. “I hope that the next legislature will renew its focus on education and ensure that every child in Minnesota, no matter where they live, or their family’s income, will have access to a world-class education and be given opportunities to succeed.”