Pierson drops from Senate race

Cordelia Pierson spoke about her candidacy on the University of Minnesota campus Wednesday.

Kevin Burbach

One day after speaking to a group of University of Minnesota students about why she should be the areaâÄôs next state Senator, one of seven DFLers vying for Sen. Larry PogemillerâÄôs seat dropped out Thursday.

Cordelia Pierson, an environmental activist and University of Minnesota Law School graduate, withdrew from the race for Senate District 59. In a press release, Pierson cited multiple reasons for her withdrawal.

âÄúI entered the race to advocate for investing in our Mississippi riverfront to protect our clean water, improve our quality of life and increase jobsâĦI can continue working on revitalizing our Mississippi riverfront in Minneapolis, serving as a champion for a great river and a great city.âÄù

Pierson said she will work with the next senator to accomplish these tasks. Pierson also stated that Kari DziedzicâÄôs entry into the racewas another factor.

Dziedzic is daughter of Walter Dziedzic, who served on the Minneapolis City Council for more than 20 years.

âÄúDziedzic has shown a strong ability to find solutions by building partnerships and working collaboratively,âÄù Pierson said in the release.

Prior to PiersonâÄôs withdrawal, Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, supported PiersonâÄôs brief candidacy. The deadline for candidates to drop from the race was 5 p.m. Thursday.

The primary for the election will be held Dec. 6.