Carl Samuelson of Pequot Lakes, who suspended his campaign for House District 4B in August, said Thursday he would serve if elected to the Legislature.
He said that on the off chance voters would send him to St. Paul, he would find a way to serve.
"I'm not campaigning but I'm still on the ballot," he said.
When the 36-year-old management consultant announced he was suspending his campaign it was the second time in three months that a DFLer had abandoned a campaign in that district.
At that time Samuelson said he was suspending the campaign because of unforeseen personal circumstances. He said in August that a family health issue (not his own health) and an employment situation prohibited him from spending anytime campaigning. Samuelson stated in an e-mail then that for all intents and purposes his campaign was done.
"I still don't have any time," he said. "There won't be time for anything campaign-related (including debates)."
Samuelson said he is splitting time between here and Wisconsin.
He said he sees his chance of being elected as less than 50/50 but said the number of votes he garnered in the primary was close to the number the incumbent, Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, obtained.
William Weis, District 4B's first endorsed DFL candidate and Howes' opponent two years ago, dropped out of the race in June. He cited personal and professional reasons.
District 4B includes the northern third of Crow Wing County, the southern two-thirds of Cass County and the eastern third of Hubbard County.
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