On July 2 Marcus Harcus, the only DFL candidate on the ballot against incumbent Joe Mullery announced on his Facebook page that he was suspending his campaign. He posted:
I have been waiting to see if Mr. Harcus would post something more formal on either his campaign website or campaign Facebook page, but no new information has appeared there as of the time of this posting. Given the importance of knowing who is and is not campaigning for office in north Minneapolis, I elected to wait a reasonable amount of time and then share the announcement.[Marcus Harcus'] name will remain on the ballot, but I have suspended my campaign for State Representative due to a lack of support, financial and management-wise. Yes, there were a few dozen people who committed to volunteering, but I can't manage the campaign and be the candidate at once, at least not without enough money to get the messages out to my community. Many people tell me to keep running... next time, but I'm done. My window of opportunity is closing in 2012. This was a bad year to run due to my personal finance, health and related challenges, but it was now or never for me.
Going forward, I'm focusing almost exclusively on raising my kids, completing my academic goals and integrating into full-time entrepreneurship. I deeply appreciate everyone who made a contribution of time and money. When most people didn't respond to my calls for help, it makes me appreciate everyone who did even more! I often felt like a loser during this campaign, but I'm good because there is success in trying to be the change I wanted to see versus simply engaging in empty complaining about politicians and government. I'll post my final campaign blog tonight or tomorrow @ www.marcusharcus.org
Peace and blessings!
Although I have supported Joe Mullery in this race, I was surprised and impressed with how well Harcus had run his campaign. His last push for elected office was not a serious attempt, and even he admitted so. However, it's pretty rare for someone to make a transition from a political also-ran to a legitimate contender. I believe Harcus did exactly that. While he has stated that--win or lose--this would be the last time he runs for public office, I hope that he changes his mind in the future.
Harcus' departure almost certainly clears the way for Mullery to be re-elected. A suspended campaign isn't the same as completely bowing out, but I don't see how Marcus can get more votes if he's not actively campaigning against a long-term incumbent. Another possibility is that one of the other handful of challengers could revive their campaign. But since the filing deadline has passed, they would have to run while asking people to write in their name on the ballot. Given that all other candidates were eliminated from the DFL endorsement on the first ballot at the convention, I doubt they have the support needed to succeed in such an endeavor.
The least likely but scariest prospect is that the Republican challenger Cindy Lilly could beat out Joe Mullery. However unlikely that is, he's still got a campaign to run.