State Rep. Kelby Woodard, R-Belle Plaine, announced Monday that he will not seek a third term in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
Woodard thanked his constituents for their support.
“It has been an honor to represent my fellow Minnesotans in St. Paul since first being elected in 2010. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the good people of Scott, Rice and Le Sueur counties and am happy to have had the opportunity to give back to my country and this state. Our forefathers stressed the importance of a citizen legislature to our republic and I have aspired to live up to the high standards they set for us all as your state representative.”
Woodard said he’s been asked to help start a new Catholic high school. The school, he said, will be dedicated to providing a college preparatory environment to kids from families in poverty who are struggling to succeed in school.
“This opportunity allows me to once again put my words in to action and give back to my community in a new way,” he said.
Woodard is not the only member of his family involved in Catholic schools. His wife, Donna Woodard, was interim principal of John Ireland Catholic School in St. Peter from from May 2012 to June 2013 and is now principal at St. Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul.
“I want to thank you all for your support and guidance over the past four years,” he said. “Know that you will continue to be in the Woodard family’s thoughts and prayers.”