St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The announcement Tuesday that Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon will not be seeking a second term was, according to Prettner Solon, a decision based on months of consideration.
Among the reasons listed was the desire to spend more time with loved ones, and welcome new challenges in her next life phase.
She did, however, acknowledge that she thought she would have been more involved in the Governor's policy initiatives during her time in office.
"What I needed to do was rely on the skills that I have, and the strengths that I have, and the passions that I have, and to focus my energy and my effort there," said the Lt. Governor in her St. Paul office Tuesday.
The Lieutenant Governor, whose 25 years of serving in public office include 12 years as a Duluth City Councilor, and 9 years as State Senator, says she hopes the role, and authority, of Lieutenant Governor becomes more defined within the state in the coming years.
"...give it more definition, [and] identify better in the [state] constitution or in statute what the role of Lt. Gov. is," said Prettner Solon, "because there is not much in our state that really does that."
Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon thanked Governor Dayton Tuesday for allowing her to focus on her passions in what she described as a "wide–open" public position.
She added she had no regrets about what some described as little one–on–one time with the Governor during her term, and said communication was never an issue through staff.
"The Governor has his initiatives he's working on, [and] I have my initiatives that I'm working on," said Lt. Governor Prettner Solon, addressing the crowded Capitol office.
Prettner Solon also says she plans to work seriously on her initiatives, such as the Olmstead Plan, until her final year of office is up in 2015.
As for the possibility of running for public office again, the Lieutenant Governor says: "maybe."
"I don't think I stay down for too long," laughed Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon, "but I want to spend some time at the lake with my kids."
And as far as job prospects in the private sector are concerned, Prettner Solon did say she's been in contact with some Minnesota based corporations, but wouldn't elaborate on whom.
In a written statement, Governor Dayton called her a champion for the people of Minnesota:
“Throughout her 25 years of devoted public service – as Duluth City Council Member and Council President, State Senator, and Lieutenant Governor – Yvonne Prettner Solon has been a courageous champion for the people of Minnesota,” said Governor Dayton. “Lieutenant Governor Prettner Solon’s tireless leadership on behalf of Minnesota's senior citizens and people with disabilities has greatly improved many lives. She has been key to achieving our administration’s primary mission: building a better Minnesota for all our citizens."
"I thank Yvonne for her invaluable service to our state, and I pledge my continuing support for the important initiatives she has championed as Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor,” Dayton said.