DROP OUT: After Divorce News, Olson Leaves Race

State Representative Tyler Olson is dropping out of the race for governor.

Olson’s campaign confirmed the news with a release Tuesday morning. Olson had been re-evaluating the future of his campaign after announcing he and his wife were separating.

The statement from Olson reads:

“Thank you to everyone that reached out with words of encouragement and support the last two weeks. While focused on supporting my children through the transition in my personal life it is clear they need my full attention. It is time to end my campaign for Governor.

I will continue to focus on my family, finish my term as state representative, rejoin Paulson Electric and look for opportunities to serve my community as time allows.

Thank you to all the friends, supporters and volunteers that joined my campaign. I enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you still believe as I do that Iowa’s brightest days are ahead.

Best wishes for a peaceful and bright holiday season.”

Olson is the former Iowa Democratic Party Chairman and currently represents Cedar Rapids in the legislature.

His departure leaves Des Moines State Senator Jack Hatch as the only declared candidate for Democrats. Former State Representative Bob Krause of Des Moines is also looking at a run.

This past weekend on Channel 13’s “The Insiders”, Republican strategist Doug Gross and Democratic strategist Jerry Crawford discussed the possibility of Olson’s future.

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