State Rep. Kate Knuth (DFL-50B) will not seek re-election this year, she said in a statement at her legislative website.
Knuth represents a small portion of southeast Fridley (see PDF map). She was one of two incumbent representatives in a new House district that includes all of the city of Fridley as well as parts of other cities.
Last week a new redistricting map put Knuth in new House District 41A with Tom Tillberry, who lives in Fridley.
We've criticized Knuth quite a lot in this space, especially because of her AGW fixation, but it is a shame that she decided not to challenge Tillberry, who is one of the least impressive members of the legislature, and that's saying something.
It's likely that Knuth decided to step aside because she lost a lot of her old district. She is a New Brighton resident and the city was cut in half, which cost her a large portion of the electorate that had supported her. Tillberry kept significantly more of his old district, which would have put Knuth at a big disadvantage.
It's hard to say what will happen next, but I suspect Knuth will be back.