- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Shilling is ruling out a run for governor in 2018.

Shilling tells the La Crosse Tribune (https://bit.ly/2hrUX9w ) in a story published Tuesday “I am not running in 2018.” Shilling says she intends to spend the next four years focused on her job in the Senate. She won re-election last month by just 61 votes and was chosen by her colleagues to be Democratic minority leader for a second two-year term.

Shilling, of La Crosse, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018. No Democrats have announced their plans to run, but several others in addition to Shilling have been mentioned as possible contenders.

But at least for 2018, Shilling says she’s out.

Shilling says, “There will be other opportunities for me. You never say never.”

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